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.
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.
- 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)