Photo: Susan MullaneTaylor Townsend (USA) and Filip Peliwo (CAN)
PARIS, FRANCE: Taylor Townsend and Filip Peliwo were honoured along with other ITF World Champions during a ceremony at the Pavillon D'Armenonville in Paris last night.
The pair were presented with their trophies by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti alongside Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
Filip Peliwo is only the second Canadian after Daniel Nestor to be named ITF World Champion in any category after securing the year-end No. 1 junior boys ranking. The 18-year-old became the first player since Mark Kratzmann in 1984 to reach all four junior Slam finals in a calendar year. He lost his first two finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, before winning Wimbledon and the US Open.
Taylor Townsend is the first American girl since Gretchen Rush in 1982 to be named Junior World Champion. The 16-year-old captured her first major singles title at the Australian Open, and narrowly failed to achieve the Grand Slam in doubles, winning three titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. She also led her country to victory in the finals of the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.