Nick Imison, a member of the ITF Communications Department, was presented with the Bud Collins Award by the International Tennis Writers’ Association (ITWA) at a reception in New York on Sunday.
The award is given annually to an individual within the sport who has been of particular help to the media. Bud Collins is a founder member of ITWA and one of the sport’s best-known journalists.
Paul Newman, ITWA’s co-president, said: “Nick Imison knows tennis inside out and is always helpful. A Grand Slam tournament in particular would just not be the same without him around as he does a brilliant job organising player press conferences and interviews.”
The Australian Open was voted Media-Friendly Grand Slam Tournament of the Year, while the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells won the award for all other tournaments. It was the third year in a row that the two tournaments have won the awards.
Votes for the awards were cast by the 120 members of ITWA, which represents the world’s leading tennis journalists. The evening was sponsored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.