Photo: Paul ZimmerEsther Vergeer and Maikel Scheffers (NED)
PARIS, FRANCE: World No.1s Maikel Scheffers and Esther Vergeer received their 2011 ITF World Champions Trophies from ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti at the ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday night in Paris.
Scheffers, who received his first ITF World Champions Trophy and Vergeer, who received her 12th, were presented with their awards alongside the other ITF World Champions whose achievements were celebrated at the Pavillon d’Armenonville.
Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova received World Champion honours in the men’s and women’s singles categories after their stand-out seasons in 2011, while there were a bevy of other awards for doubles, senior and junior players.
Doubles awards went to serial champions Bob and Mike Bryan, and first time winners Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik. The junior champions were Jiri Vesely and Irina Khromacheva.
The prestigious Philippe Chatrier Award for services to the game was presented to three-time Roland Garros champion and four-time Grand Slam winner Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the first Spanish player to reach No. 1 in the world rankings.
For the first time at the World Champions Dinner, an award was given out for Outstanding Services to Seniors Tennis, and the deserving recipient was Lorne Main. The Canadian, now aged 81, is the most successful player in the 54-year history of the Seniors Circuit.
Main, who played Grand Slam and Davis Cup tennis in the 1950s, has won an incredible 39 titles at World Individual and Team Championships, together with countless other singles and doubles trophies.
The World Champions Dinner was also a chance for the tennis family to have a first look at the ITF Olympic Book, the celebratory publication which will be released week of 11 June, which features exclusive photoshoots and interviews with the world’s leading Olympic and Paralympic stars. Guests and players toured a special photo exhibition, featuring Vergeer and Scheffers, on display inside the Pavillon d’Armenonville, introduced by Ricci Bitti.
For more information on the ITF Olympic Book, visit 2012.itftennis.com.