They both won player of the year and ambassador for tennis.
Federer Wins ITWA's Player and Ambassador Awards
The International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) has voted Roger Federer its Player of the Year for 2005 and awarded him its annual Ambassador for Tennis Award. It’s the second year in succession that Federer has scooped both of the organisation's annual accolades.
The Swiss won Wimbledon and the US Open and was runner-up at the Tennis Masters Cup during 2005, which saw him end the season as World No.1 for the second year running. ITWA’s 104 members (from 17 countries) voted for him as their Player of the Year ahead of Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.
Tennis journalists and broadcasters also recognized Federer’s professionalism and hard work with the media and his role in helping the sport reach out to new and existing fans. He beat the likes of Andre Agassi and James Blake to pick up his second ITWA Ambassador for Tennis Award.
“The fans see you out on court and maybe they think ‘He’s a great player’, but I don’t know if they realize how much we are doing off the court in trying to improve the game and the image of the sport, which from my point of view are very, very important,” said Federer.
“Roger embodies professional excellence on and off the court,” said Eleanor Preston, Co-President of ITWA. “His friendliness towards the media and his willing and open attitude to promoting tennis is an example to his peers in how to bring the sport to a wider audience. That, even more than his trophies and titles, could be Federer’s most important gift to tennis. We are very, very lucky to have him.”
ITWA voted Kim Clijsters its female Player of the Year and, like Federer, the Belgian also made it a clean sweep by picking up the ITWA Ambassador for Tennis Award.
ITWA was formed five years ago to represent the select group of journalists who travel the globe, week-in and week-out, covering tennis for the written and broadcast media. ITWA includes members from 17 countries and the coverage they provide brings tennis to millions worldwide. ITWA is committed to working with the sport's governing bodies, tournaments, agents and players both to improve the working conditions of tennis journalists and to gain recognition for the media's vital role in the promotion of the sport.