17 Dec 2007

News Article

The ITF Wheelchair World Champions are Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Esther Vergeer (NED).

Kunieda becomes the first Asian Wheelchair World Champion, having narrowly missed out on the men’s No. 1 ranking in 2006. The 23-year-old became the first man to win the Grand Slam of wheelchair tennis with victories in all four Super-Series singles events. Overall he won a total of eight singles and eight doubles titles, and helped Japan’s men win the Invacare World Team Cup.

Twenty-six-year-old Vergeer finishes 2007 as Women’s Wheelchair World Champion for an astonishing eighth consecutive year. She extended her singles winning streak to 303 straight matches, having remained unbeaten since January 2003, and became the first woman to win the Grand Slam of four Super-Series titles. During the year she collected a total of 15 singles and 12 doubles titles, and led Netherlands to victory in the World Team Cup.

The ITF also announced today that Roger Federer (SUI) and Justine Henin (BEL) are the 2007 ITF World Champions.

Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Cara Black (ZIM) and Liezel Huber (USA) are the 2007 ITF Doubles World Champions.

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) and Urszula Radwanska (POL) are the 2007 ITF Junior World Champions.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I want to extend my congratulations to all the ITF World Champions for 2007, and thank them for their contribution to another outstanding year for the sport.”

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 3 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros.