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Henin, Roddick are 2003 ITF World Champs

tangerine_dream
12-22-2003, 09:20 PM
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

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Congrats to Justine and Andy for another well-deserved and well-earned accolade! :bounce: :yeah: :woohoo:

Havok
12-22-2003, 09:22 PM
:rocker2::yippee::banana::bounce::woohoo:

Havok
12-22-2003, 09:23 PM
but i think Clijsters/Sugiyama deserve the doubles imo

jtipson
12-22-2003, 09:25 PM
Good to see they admit it was that close :-) Hope there's a clear winner in 2004!

Deboogle!.
12-22-2003, 09:27 PM
:woohoo:

thanks tangybaby!!! :)

Deboogle!.
12-22-2003, 09:31 PM
Here's another article..... at least Andy will have something to look forward to at Roland Garros :lol:

oh and congrats Mike and Bob too! :D
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ITF Honors Roddick, Henin-Hardenne
1 hour, 32 minutes ago


LONDON - Andy Roddick and Justine Henin-Hardenne were honored Monday as ITF World Champions for 2003.

Roddick won his first Grand Slam tournament at the U.S. Open (news - web sites) and also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open (news - web sites) and Wimbledon (news - web sites). Henin-Hardenne won the French Open (news - web sites) and U.S. Open. The Belgian reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.


In 2000, Roddick was the ITF Junior Boys World Champion. He is the fourth player since the award began in 1978 to receive both honors. Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Martina Hingis are the others.


The ITF award considers performance at the Grand Slams, on the tour, at the season-ending events and at the Davis Cup and Fed Cup.


In doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina were ITF Doubles World Champions of 2003.


The players will receive their awards June 1 during the French Open.

J. Corwin
12-22-2003, 09:58 PM
lol. Hope that won't take away Andy's focus for RG.

Great news for Andy and Justine! :D

Kiara
12-22-2003, 10:02 PM
but i think Clijsters/Sugiyama deserve the doubles imo
I agree :fiery:

Lady
12-23-2003, 02:29 PM
I know I said this before, but...

Justine will recieve the award on her birthday!!! :worship: :woohoo:

Deboogle!.
12-23-2003, 03:13 PM
oh that's really nice for Justine! :)

Deboogle!.
12-23-2003, 04:56 PM
Hey, jackson, we can only hope Andy doesn't crash out in the first round of RG again! :scared: :lol:


He ain't gonna win RG, at least not any time soon, but I would be shocked to the floor if he (or Roger, for that matter) loses 1st round again.

Ma. Estefania
12-23-2003, 07:49 PM
Congrats for Justine. :bounce:

And for the Spanish-speaker girls: Paola and Virginia :bounce:

Ma. Estefania
12-23-2003, 08:02 PM
Let's see how far they can get past the clay-loving latinos. ;)

That's the point. :angel:

the cat
12-26-2003, 03:33 AM
Congratulations to Andy Roddick and Justine Henin on being named ITF singles world champions for 2003. :D But I can understand how Roger Federer fans could be upset by this. I thought when Federer won The Master's Cup Final in Houston and routined Roddick in the process that he deserved the ITF World Champions award a little more than Roddick did. But in their respective careers what will matter most between Roddick and Federer is who will win the most grand slam singles titles and Davis Cup titles.

And congrats to the Bryan brothers and Virgian Ruano Pascal and Paola Suarez on being named ITF ATP and WTA doubles world champions for 2003. :)

Chloe le Bopper
12-26-2003, 07:09 AM
He ain't gonna win RG, at least not any time soon, but I would be shocked to the floor if he (or Roger, for that matter) loses 1st round again.
Prepare yourself. He'll draw Richard Gasquet (I'd say Nadal, but he'll likely be seeded by that point) and go out in 4 tight sets. You read it here first ;)

lol. Hope that won't take away Andy's focus for RG.

Indeed. We'd like to see him just as focussed as he was this year.

;)

Action Jackson
12-26-2003, 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by Queen Rebecca
Prepare yourself. He'll draw Richard Gasquet (I'd say Nadal, but he'll likely be seeded by that point) and go out in 4 tight sets. You read it here first

I was thinking more like Dominik Hrbaty, Guillermo Canas, Fernando Vicente, Marat Safin (if he is not seeded) or someone of the like that would be a very good 1st round opponent for him, sorry I forgot the great Sargsian.

WyverN
12-26-2003, 12:27 PM
These mockings of Andy's clay results will come back to haunt some people.

I am fairly certain Roddick will go deep into the French Open once or twice in his career - probably not next year though

Experimentee
12-26-2003, 01:05 PM
I wouldnt want Dominik Hrbaty to draw Roddick next year on clay in his current state. Roddick is not that bad on clay, he only had a bad result last year, and that was before he got Brad Gilbert and really started to improve in the second half of the year. I wouldnt be surprised if he got to the 4th rd of RG next year.

Deboogle!.
12-26-2003, 05:05 PM
I don't think Andy is going to accept a loss... sort of like Hewitt was going to win that DC match in November no matter what it took out of him, I don't think Andy will consider losing a possibility when he goes to RG next year. He may hurt/exhaust himself trying but I think he'll make sure he doesn't lose.

Chloe le Bopper
12-26-2003, 06:19 PM
I was thinking more like Dominik Hrbaty, Guillermo Canas, Fernando Vicente, Marat Safin (if he is not seeded) or someone of the like that would be a very good 1st round opponent for him, sorry I forgot the great Sargsian.
I wasn't being serious.

Bunk - I somehow doubt that Roddick was ready and willing to "accept a loss" this year either. He just got beat. That said, he's improved since then... and I was surprised that he went out so early this year. But it's still fun to crack about :p

Deboogle!.
12-26-2003, 06:37 PM
right, and that 2003 loss was, if you believe in such things.... "meant to happen" as it really changed his whole year in some very important ways.

Obviously no one ever goes into a tournament wanting/prepared to lose, but there is a difference between that an that level of "no matter what happens I will win and I will pull out everything to make sure of it" - like I said, what Hewit did in the DC Final. You knew, even when he was behind against Ferrero, that he was going to win. Now, Andy could very well lose in the SECOND round at RG 2004... but I just don't see him losing in the first round again, not next year anyway. :) Plus it's not clay that's Andy's problem so much as playing outside of North America (see, I can make cracks too :p)

J. Corwin
12-26-2003, 08:59 PM
...outside of North America "true" red clay. ;)

star
12-26-2003, 09:40 PM
Hoooooooraaaaaayyyyyyyyyy for NA TRC!!

Deboogle!.
12-26-2003, 09:49 PM
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
12-26-2003, 10:01 PM
Hoooooooraaaaaayyyyyyyyyy for NA TRC!!

Look, our very own pep squad. :)

Action Jackson
12-27-2003, 07:27 AM
Originally Posted by Queen Rebecca
I wasn't being serious

It would be fun if he had one of those players in the first round, and yes it's fun watching him play on the clay.

Originally posted by WyverN
I am fairly certain Roddick will go deep into the French Open once or twice in his career - probably not next year though

Yes, that's a very fair comment and it has happened to most of the more attacking players even that claycourt guru Becker had made the semis twice and I think Roddick is better on clay than he ever was, so it's possible for him.

Well until the proves he can win a few tournaments on clay in Europe against good fields in his career, then the joking will decrease with time.

heya
12-27-2003, 08:02 AM
Anything is better than:
losing early the year after grabbing a French Open trophy

losing 1st or 2nd rd. the year before/after grabbing
a Wimbledon trophy

losing every Mickey Mouse home tournament

losing a match after leading 2 sets+1 break

heya
12-27-2003, 08:03 AM
I keed I keed

WyverN
12-27-2003, 11:14 AM
Anything is better than:
losing early the year after grabbing a French Open trophy

losing 1st or 2nd rd. the year before/after grabbing
a Wimbledon trophy

losing every Mickey Mouse home tournament

losing a match after leading 2 sets+1 break

I am at a loss as to who you are talking about - probably federer but he never won the french.

J. Corwin
12-27-2003, 09:41 PM
General speculations by heya?

Chloe le Bopper
12-28-2003, 01:23 AM
I am at a loss as to who you are talking about - probably federer but he never won the french.
heya never makes sense. Having a very poor grasp on the English language will do that to a person.

You'd be better off trying to discuss Shakespeare with a brick wall.

Chloe le Bopper
12-28-2003, 01:25 AM
right, and that 2003 loss was, if you believe in such things.... "meant to happen" as it really changed his whole year in some very important ways.

He'd have done well on grass and hardcourts anyways. Up until that point he'd had a fairly successful year. The only thing that made that a true turn around, imo, is that he dumped Tarik after that. I believe he was going to do that eventually anyways. So I don't see it as being quite the big deal that you do, but it's all good.

Deboogle!.
12-28-2003, 02:11 AM
He'd have done well on grass and hardcourts anyways. Up until that point he'd had a fairly successful year. The only thing that made that a true turn around, imo, is that he dumped Tarik after that. I believe he was going to do that eventually anyways. So I don't see it as being quite the big deal that you do, but it's all good.

Yes, I agree. But he probably wouldn't have changed coaches without the FO loss and he probably wouldn't have had quite the June-Sept. he had without Brad. I tend to look at things retrospectively from the "everything was meant to turn out this way" so this is no exception :)

heya
12-28-2003, 02:45 AM
Of course, it was speculation, jackson
That was Triumph the
Insult Dog (of Conan O'Brien's show).

English isn't my 1st language, but at least
I received A's in English and Spanish.

Unlike Rebecca, I didn't go through academic probation & had to drop a Spanish class (failure to communicate).

heya
12-28-2003, 03:53 AM
http://wc5.worldcrossing.com/webx?7@183.zbZogoY0hXo.7@.1dddecab/1095

Jose Roberto - Nov 6, 2003 6:34 pm (#1078 of 1797)

Yes that there is no point in reading you.You no nothing about tennis.Period.Ok

Rebecca. - Nov 6, 2003 6:48 pm (#1079 of 1797)
You know nothing about English, and people still read you =). But if it makes you feel better to assume I know nothing... *pats little Jose on the head and smiles sympathetically*

MC - Nov 6, 2003 8:10 pm (#1082 of 1797)
Tennis is an international sport and hence, this is an international board. Please do not be so boorish as to insult a non-native speaker on their poor English

Deboogle!.
12-28-2003, 04:08 AM
heya, what IS your first language (just totally curious!:))

Chloe le Bopper
12-28-2003, 08:55 PM
heya, what IS your first language (just totally curious!:))
I was under the impression that it was English. Hence the mockary. If it was German or whatever else, I'd have left it alone. Regardless, I doubt she has a grip on her native language either, whatever it happens to be.

Moving on - bunk - I agree that he likely wouldn't have dumped Tarik until say, after Wimbledon. But he was due for a turnaround... it wasn't exactly a big surprise that Roddick would win the USO some day. Granted, I thought that "some day" would come in 2004 NOT 2003. And for that, yes, he likely has Brad to thank ;)

Chloe le Bopper
12-28-2003, 08:57 PM
heya - I know that our chit chat on worldcrossing is fascinating and all.... but why don't you get a life? I was going to suggest that you should have better things to do than stalk people on messageboards that you dont' participate in... but then it occured to me that you more than likely have a moniker of some sort over there as well. I even have some ideas of what, but really... I don't care enough to ask.

Deboogle!.
12-28-2003, 09:22 PM
Moving on - bunk - I agree that he likely wouldn't have dumped Tarik until say, after Wimbledon. But he was due for a turnaround... it wasn't exactly a big surprise that Roddick would win the USO some day. Granted, I thought that "some day" would come in 2004 NOT 2003. And for that, yes, he likely has Brad to thank ;)

Yep, definitely agreed. I don't think ANYONE thought 2003 was gonna turn out the way it did.... in men's OR women's tennis even!

Chloe le Bopper
12-28-2003, 09:31 PM
Yep, definitely agreed. I don't think ANYONE thought 2003 was gonna turn out the way it did.... in men's OR women's tennis even!
The only things I predicted correctly were: everything Serena won, Agassi at Oz, and Ferrero at RG :p

Before the season began, that is ;) By USO time I was pretty sure that Justine would win that one.

tangerine_dream
12-29-2003, 11:33 PM
Horrors!! :eek: MORE accolades for 2003's No. 1 player Andy Roddick! Poor haters! :angel: This article is worth reposting.

From the January/February 2004 issue of TENNIS Magazine

MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andy Roddick

That was fast. One American champion calls it quits, and two months later a new one takes over at No. 1. Wasn't it just a couple of years ago that fans in this country were wondering if there was any future at all for the U.S. men's game?

No doubt about it, this is an American champion, with the same swaggering willfulness that took Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and the young Andre Agassi to the top of the game. Like those guys, Roddick is a showman whose appeal goes beyond tennis--in 2003, besides dating pop singer Mandy Moore, he hosted Saturday Night Live and was tapped for a reality TV show. But as with his predecessors, Roddick's cockiness can rub people the wrong way, particularly opponents. After losing to him at the U.S. Open, Ivan Ljubicic said of A-Rod's on-court antics, "Nobody else acts likes that. He doesn't respect the others."

Love him or hate him, you can't ask for more than what Roddick gave in 2003. He started by winning the match of the year, 21-19 in the fifth over Younes El Aynaoui in Melbourne, switched coaches when his game stagnated, and then dominated through the summer, capping off a 27-1 run with the U.S. Open title. All of which took the 21-year-old by surprise. "It's something I never thought was possible," Roddick said after clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking. "Maybe I snuck up on people."
Can he continue at that dizzying height, the way Connors and Pete Sampras did season after season? It won't be easy. Twice this year, world No. 2 Roger Federer played rings around A-Rod. Still, Roddick is our Player of the Year because he had the will to go out and win more big matches over the last 12 months than anyone else. How American of him.

J. Corwin
12-29-2003, 11:37 PM
That article is not that new. I've read it several places already. ;)

Deboogle!.
12-29-2003, 11:51 PM
lol yea Tennis posted it a few days ago, and I posted it in our Articles thread and on RO, but it hadn't been on the GM yet I don't think

Tangy, you're baaaaaaaaadddddd ;)