The ITF World Champions Dinner is an annual event that takes place in Paris during the Roland Garros fortnight. In 2013, it was held at the Pavillon d'Armenonville on 4 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 2012 season, while the best doubles teams, juniors and wheelchair players were also commended.
In the ITF's Centenary year, its highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, was presented to the All England Lawn Tennis Club for its 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.
This year the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) received 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.
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.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club received the Philippe Chatrier Award at the ITF World Champions Dinner, held in Paris on 4 June 2013.
- 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)