Stig Ericsson receives ITF Services to the Game Award
Stig Ericson of Sweden has been named as the recipient of the Brad Parks Award for 2014.
The Brad Parks Award is presented annually by the International Tennis Federation to an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to wheelchair tennis on an international basis.
Ericson has played a major role in the development of wheelchair tennis in his home nation of Sweden as an administrator, coach and ambassador for the sport. He was involved in the early years of the sport internationally and his tennis background and experience provided considerable insight to help the development of the sport around the world.
Ericson was a member of the International Wheelchair Tennis Federation (IWTF) and International Wheelchair Tennis Association (IWTA) committees from 1991, serving as Vice President of the IWTA and a member of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee from 1998 to 2009 after wheelchair tennis was fully integrated into the ITF on 1 January 1998.
Since 1974 Ericson also been a member of numerous committees and organisations in the Swedish Tennis Association and has been vital to the development of wheelchair tennis within the Swedish Tennis Association.
Ericson is greatly respected by players, administrators and colleagues alike for his outstanding contribution to the sport and was instrumental in Stockholm becoming the host city of the 2007 World Team Cup. He had previously been the tournament director of the Båstad Open between 1992 and 1993, the referee of the Swedish Open between 1995 and 1999 and was Chairman of the World Team Cup Committee from 1994-2002.
Ericsson was one of 13 recipients of the Services to the Game approved at the 2011 ITF AGM in Bangkok, Thailand and received his award at the Swedish Tennis Association's Annual General Meeting in April 2012. Also in 2012 he was a member of the ITF Jury of Appeal at the London 2012 Paralympics Games.
“I am so glad Stig will receive the Brad Parks Award this year; there is no one more deserving,” said Brad Parks, the founder of wheelchair tennis in 1976, after whom the prestigious award is named.
“It has been a privilege knowing Stig over the years and I greatly appreciate all he has contributed to the sport; wheelchair tennis is better because of him. I had so much fun seeing him in London at the Paralympics and was so glad he was there.”