Photo: ITFDavid Wagner (USA) recieves his awards from ITF Wheelchair Tennis Manager Mark Bullock
At the BNP Paribas World Team Cup final dinner held recently in Seoul, Korea Republic, several players were awarded for the achievements and contribution to the sport.
David Wagner (USA) won the world No. 1 quad singles award for the fourth time, following a very successful 2011 which saw him win tournaments that included the US Open in New York and the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
Wagner also won the world No. 1 quad doubles award for the eighth time in succession, while Stephane Houdet (FRA) won the world No. 1 men’s doubles award for the third year in a row and Sharon Walraven (NED) won the world No. 1 women’s doubles award for the second successive time.
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) won the world No. 1 junior boys’ award, also following a very successful 2011 season that included winning the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters singles title and the Parapanam Games.
Yui Kamiji (JPN) won the year end junior girls’ No. 1 award, after reaching the semifinals of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships Super Series in St Louis and winning several ITF 2 events.
Aniek van Koot (NED) and Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) were presented with the Players’ Choice Awards after being voted by their fellow players and members of the public. Van Koot is the world No. 2 in the women’s ranking and Jeremiasz currently world No. 7 in the men’s ranking. Both players were voted for based on their contribution to and achievements in the sport during 2011.
Throughout the BNP Paribas World Team Cup teams were asked to vote for their choice for Team of the Year. Mexico Juniors, who were competing in the competition for the first time, won the award. Their attitude, both on and off the court, their sportsmanship and team spirit were a few of the reasons given in their nominations from their fellow teams. The team consisted of Carlos Muro and Lizbeth Soto, who were led by coach Tom Van Doren.