Photo: Susan MullaneJiri Vesely (CZE) and Irina Khromacheva (RUS) at World Champions Dinner
PARIS, FRANCE: Jiri Vesely and Irina Khromacheva were honoured along with other ITF World Champions at a ceremony at the Pavillon D'Armenonville in Paris during Roland Garros.
The pair were presented with their trophies by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti alongside Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova who both won the award for the first time. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario was presented with the Chatrier Award for her achievements in all forms of tennis, and as tennis’s greatest Fed Cup and Olympic ambassador.
Jiri Vesely is the third player from the Czech Republic to become a 2011 ITF World Champion, along with women’s singles World Champion Petra Kvitova and Kveta Peschke, who was named Women’s Doubles World Champion along with Katarina Srebotnik (SVK). 18-year-old Vesely held the No. 1 junior boys ranking all year, capturing both singles and doubles titles at the Australian Open, and was also a singles runner-up at the US Open and doubles finalist at Wimbledon. He won a total of three singles and three doubles titles.
Irina Khromacheva follows compatriot Daria Gavrilova as Girls Junior World Champion after being the most consistent performer on the ITF Junior Circuit to earn the year-end No. 1 ranking. The 17-year-old Russian posted a 77-9 win-loss record in singles and doubles, winning a total of four singles and six doubles titles. She won two Grand Slam doubles crowns, and was a singles finalist at Wimbledon