World Champions Dinner



The ITF World Champions Dinner is an annual event that takes place in Paris during the Roland Garros fortnight. In 2014, it was held at the Pavillon d'Armenonville on 3 June.

The celebration brings together over 400 members of the tennis family to honour the ITF World Champions, who are recognised for their outstanding performance from the previous year.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and USA's Serena Williams scooped the top men's and women's singles awards after their performances during the 2013 season, while the best doubles teams, juniors and wheelchair players were also commended.

The ITF's highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, was presented to Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde for their outstanding contributions to the sport.


Philippe Chatrier Award

The Philippe Chatrier Award is named after the late former French player, who dedicated his life to tennis. After his playing career ended, he went on to become a journalist and then the President of both the International Tennis Federation and French Tennis Federation. He also served as France's Davis Cup captain.

The Philippe Chatrier Award is presented to someone who has given long and outstanding service to the game. Stefan Edberg was the first person to be honoured in 1996 and there have now been a total of 18 recipients. That list includes technology giants NEC in 2001, the year that marked the company's 20-year sponsorship of Davis Cup.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) receives the Philippe Chatrier Award in recognition of its
contribution to tennis ever since it opened its gates for its first tennis championship in 1877. As
organiser of the oldest of the four Grand Slam tournaments, it takes its role as a guardian of the game
seriously, but has never been afraid to push boundaries to ensure that Wimbledon remains at the
forefront of tennis in every aspect.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “As a sport, tennis is blessed to have an organisation like the
AELTC, always generous and never complacent, promoting our sport around the world while
continuing to set very high standards for themselves and for those privileged to compete at
Wimbledon.”
Wimbledon’s backing of open tennis was a pivotal moment in the history of the sport. The Club’s
decision to hold a special professional tournament on Centre Court in 1967 and follow it with an open
Championships in 1968 triggered tennis’s move from amateur to professional status.
Treading a well-judged line between tradition and innovation, the AELTC has embraced both
technology and new construction. Its partnership with the BBC is the longest-running sports rights
agreement in world sport, and has been finding inventive new ways to present tennis to a television
audience since 1937. Extensive building work at Wimbledon’s Church Road site over the last 20
years has created new player facilities, three new show courts, and a revolutionary roof over Centre
Court. Future upgrades are planned to the benefit of players, visitors and the worldwide television and
internet audiences alike.
The AELTC also looks out to the wider world and understands its role in inspiring future generations
to take up the sport. In 1985, Wimbledon made the first of what would become an annual donation to
help the ITF’s efforts to develop tennis around the world. The other majors followed, the Grand Slam
Development Fund was established in 1986, and more than $83 million has been raised since.
The organisation’s willingness to collaborate with the Olympic movement in the staging of two
Olympic tennis events, in 1908 and to great acclaim in 2012, has ensured that tennis has been centre
stage at the biggest sporting event in the world.

In 2014, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde became the first ever doubles team to receive the award, joining fellow Australian honorees Rod Laver, Margaret Court and Neale Fraser.

Woodbridge and Woodforde, known as the ‘Woodies’, enjoyed outstanding results together between 1990 and 2000, winning 11 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and a total of 61 tournaments.

Their greatest success came at Wimbledon, where they are the only men’s partnership in the Open Era to win five straight titles (1993-97), and hold the Open Era record of six championships.

The Woodies won the Olympic gold medal at Atlanta 1996, and four years later took silver in Sydney. In Davis Cup, they compiled a 14-2 record together, scoring the vital doubles point that helped Australia defeat France for the title in 1999.

The pair completed their set of Grand Slam titles when they won the elusive Roland Garros crown in 2000, shortly before adding their sixth Wimbledon title. By Woodforde’s retirement after the 2000 Olympics they had a 508-137 career record.

The Woodies’ dedication on court has been followed by dedication in their varied roles as coaches, commentators, administrators and mentors. They will be honoured both for their achievements and their commitment to the sport they love.

Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde received the Philippe Chatrier Award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 3 June 2014.

Honour roll

- 2014: Todd Woodbridge (AUS) and Mark Woodforde (AUS)
- 2013: All England Lawn Tennis Club 
- 2012: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (ESP)
- 2011: Guy Forget (FRA)
- 2010: Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)
- 2009: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 2008: Neale Fraser (AUS)
- 2007: John McEnroe (USA)
- 2006: Margaret Court (AUS)
- 2005: Tony Trabert (USA)
- 2004: Yannick Noah (FRA)
- 2003: Billie Jean King (USA)
- 2002: Jack Kramer (USA)
- 2001: NEC
- 2000: Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP)
- 1999: Nicola Pietrangeli (ITA)
- 1998: Rod Laver (AUS)
- 1997: Chris Evert (USA)
- 1996: Stefan Edberg (SWE)



CHAMPIONS' DINNER HIGHLIGHTS

2014 WORLD CHAMPIONS' DINNER

  • Aniek van Koot (NED), Alexander Zverev (GER), Belinda Bencic (SUI) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner The awards at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Alexander Zverev (GER) and Belinda Bencic (SUI) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • The Philippe Chatrier Awards and the World CHampions' Awards at the ITF World Champions' Dinner Philippe Chatrier Award winners Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge (AUS) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Belinda Bencic (SUI) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner Aniek van Koot (NED) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Shingo Kunieda (JPN) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner Belinda Bencic (SUI) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner
  • Shingo Kunieda (JPN) at the ITF World Champions' Dinner  Alexander Zverev (GER) at the World Champions' Dinner

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