Roger and Kim win ITWA Player of the Year awards

12-06-2005, 02:28 AM
They both won player of the year and ambassador for tennis. :cool: Roger :worship: and Kim :worship:

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.

12-06-2005, 02:35 AM
congrats to both -- well-deserved :worship:

12-06-2005, 02:37 AM
That's nice. Congrats to Roger and Kim :)

12-06-2005, 04:38 AM
my two faves :love:

12-06-2005, 06:17 AM

Love this US Open photo!
Thanks for posting the article. Roger and Kim :worship:

Kim and Andy Murray picked up LTWA awards too:
Andy Murray was last night presented with the Lawn Tennis Association's player of the year award. For years, the only choice for judges was whether to put Tim Henman ahead of Greg Rusedski, or vice-versa, but the Scottish teenager has been the outstanding British player of the last 12 months.

He picked up the award at the Lawn Tennis Writers' Association dinner at the Hur lingham Club, west London. Belgium's Kim Clijsters, who claimed this year's US Open, her long-awaited first Grand Slam, received the inaugural international award.

12-06-2005, 06:39 AM
Federer :worship:

You truly are the king of kings :worship: :worship:

12-06-2005, 07:25 AM
Considering the number of posters on MTF who thought Nadal was the player of the year, I am relieved to see common sense prevail and the award given to Roger Federer.

12-06-2005, 07:27 AM
congrats to them ... both are awesome

12-06-2005, 08:00 AM
Woohooo Congrats to Both ROGI AND KIM, they're truly deserved @!@ So nice and classy :)

Mrs. B
12-06-2005, 09:13 AM
the right choices! :yeah:


12-06-2005, 09:36 AM
Congratz to both! :)

btw: what's the source?

12-06-2005, 09:37 AM
Well deserved! :worship:

Hola Mr. SK
12-06-2005, 09:40 AM
Federer :worship:

You truly are the king of kings :worship: :worship:
anyway,congrats to Roger & Kim.

12-06-2005, 10:07 AM

12-06-2005, 10:13 AM
Congrats to Roger and Kim.

12-06-2005, 10:55 AM
:) :)

12-06-2005, 11:01 AM
Considering the number of posters on MTF who thought Nadal was the player of the year, I am relieved to see common sense prevail and the award given to Roger Federer.Nadal has plenty of chances to win this in the future. But Rog has the advantage of speaking multiple languages and spends a lot of time with the press so they love him. On ESPN during Wimbledon PMac said that on on a rainy day (I think the women's SF day) Rog gave interviews to all the broadcasters to help them fill time. And I also read in one of the Brit papers that BBC Radio 5 had asked players to record a Wimbleodn promo for the station and Roger was the only top player (on the men's side at least) who agreed to do it. He's smart when it comes to the media, and media obligations and thats why he gets decent press and wins awards like this.

Doris Loeffel
12-06-2005, 11:30 AM
Good choices!!
Concrats Roger and Kim!!

12-06-2005, 12:10 PM
good on ya clijsters and federer

12-06-2005, 12:33 PM
Roger yea, Kimmy yea...what a nice way to start the day :)