This was expected of course, but well done again Roger on an amazing year!
Federer, Myskina named 2004 ITF World Champions
The ITF announced today that Roger Federer (SUI) and Anastasia Myskina (RUS) are ITF World Champions for 2004.
It was a dream season for the 23-year-old Federer who won three Grand Slam titles and the season ending Tennis Masters Cup. Federer won 11 titles overall in 2004 and posted a 74-6 win-loss record and was 18-0 against other players in the top ten. Federer represented Switzerland in both Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and in the Olympic Games where he carried the flag for his country.
Federer was ITF Junior Boys World Champion in 1998 and is the fifth player since the award was established in 1978 to have received both honours, joining Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Martina Hingis and last year?s ITF World Champion Andy Roddick.
In women's tennis, Russian women won three Grand Slams in 2004, the season-ending WTA Tour Championships and a first Fed Cup title. Anastasia Myskina, also 23 years old and the 2004 Roland Garros champion, becomes the first Russian to become the ITF World Champion for women's singles based on her overall performance in the Grand Slams, Olympic Games and in Fed Cup, and narrowly edged out France's Amelie Mauresmo for the honour.
The ITF's selection of the ITF World Champions is based on an objective system that considers not only performance at the Grand Slams, on the respective tours and at the season-ending events, but also gives weight to performances in the Olympic Games and in the two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup.
'Roger Federer was the clear choice for ITF World Champion based on his extraordinary performance in 2004,' said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. The selection of Anastasia Myskina came down to her performance at the Olympic Games where she reached the semifinals and her seven singles wins in Fed Cup in 2004. We are proud to have both players as our 2004 ITF World Champions.
The ITF also announced that Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) and Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) and Paola Suarez (ARG) are the ITF Doubles World Champions for 2004.
The Bryans, 2003 ITF World Champions, came just ahead of Mark Knowles (BAH) and Daniel Nestor (CAN) based on their consistent performance in 2004 that took in seven titles including the Tennis Masters Cup doubles and three finals including the Australian Open. This coupled with their undefeated performance in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in 2004 made them the ITF selection for 2004 ITF World Champions for men?s doubles.
This is the third consecutive year that Ruano Pascual and Suarez are the ITF World Champions for women?s doubles. The pair won six titles in 2004 including three Grand Slams. Both participated in the 2004 Olympic Tennis Event with Ruano Pascual winning a silver medal in doubles with Conchita Martinez while Suarez won the bronze with Patricia Tarabini. Both also played Fed Cup for their respective nations with Argentina reaching the quarterfinals and Spain the semifinal round.
Gael Monfils (FRA) finishes the year as the ITF Junior Boys World Champion and is the sixth French player to achieve this honour, following Thierry Tulasne, Guy Forget, Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud di Pasquale and Richard Gasquet. The 18-year-old Monfils won the first three Grand Slams of the year and posted a 32-2 record in singles and a 5-3 record in doubles in the first year of the combined singles and doubles ranking for junior players.
Michaella Krajicek (NED) finishes the year as the ITF Junior Girls World Champion, fighting off a challenge from Katerina Bondarenko of Ukraine for the honour. She is the first player from her country to be named ITF Junior World Champion. The 15-year-old Krajicek posted a 41-6 record in singles and a 33-4 record in doubles in the first year of the combined singles and doubles ranking for junior players.
The ITF Wheelchair World Champions are David Hall (AUS) and Esther Vergeer (NED). Hall finishes as ITF World Champion for the sixth time, having also held the title in 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003. Hall won ten singles and five doubles titles in 2004 and won the silver medal in singles at the Paralympic Games, losing to Robin Ammerlaan of the Netherlands, and the bronze medal in doubles. Vergeer finishes 2004 as the ITF World Champion for the fifth consecutive year and was undefeated in 2004 in both singles and doubles, winning a gold medal in singles and in doubles, with Maaike Smit, at the 2004 Paralympic Tennis Event.
'I want to extend my congratulations to all of the ITF World Champions,' added ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. 'This has been an extraordinary year of tennis due, in no small part, to these outstanding individuals. The ITF is proud to name them ITF World Champions for 2004.'
The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday, 31 May, in Paris during Roland Garros.