ITF name 2003 world champs
From correspondents in London
December 23, 2003
AMERICAN Andy Roddick and Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne were named International Tennis Federation World Champions for 2003 today.
Roddick, 21, won his first Grand Slam tournament in September at the US Open and also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Henin-Hardenne, also 21, won two Grand Slam titles in 2003, taking the French Open and the US Open. She reached the semifinals at the other two majors, the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Both players also represented their countries in the Davis and Fed Cups.
In 2000, Roddick was named ITF Junior Boys World Champion. He is only the fourth player since the award was established in 1978 to have received both honours. Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Martina Hingis are the others.
The ITF award is based on a system that considers performance at the Grand Slams, on the tour, at the season-ending events and at the Davis and Fed Cups.
Roddick edged Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, who won five of six singles matches in Davis Cup play.
"(It) was a very difficult decision as both Andy Roddick and Roger Federer turned in excellent years but, in the end, Roddick's superior performance at the Grand Slams and in the Masters Series gave him a slight edge over Federer ...," ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said.
In doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina were named ITF Doubles World Champions of 2003.
The players will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on June 1, 2004, during the French Open in Paris.
The Associated Press
Congrats to Justine and Andy for another well-deserved and well-earned accolade!