Spaniards Rafa Nadal and Garbiñe Mugurunza have been adjudged the best male and female tennis players for the year 2017 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
It is the first time in about tens years since two players from the country won such awards simultaneously. It was as far back as 1998 that America’s Pete Sampras and female compatriot Lindsay Davenport won the awards at the same time representing the same federation.
Meanwhile Nadal is claiming his third award in this category whereas Mugurunza is claiming her maiden one.
The best award for men’s doubles competition went to the Polish Lukasz Kubot and the Brazilian Marcelo Melo; in women’s doubles good old Martina Hingis from Switzerland and Taiwanese Yun-Jan Chan .
The Argentine Axel Geller and the American Whitney Osuigwe, have been nominated as the best junior players . The American David Wagner, the Argentine Gustavo Fernandez and the Japanese Yui Kamiji have been the best in the wheelchair category. Eight of the eleven players will receive the award for the first time, with three winners from South America for the first time in the same season.
The winners will receive their respective awards on June 8 2018 in Paris during the Roland Garros.
“I am very happy to receive this ITF award, it is four years since my last time as number 1 at the end of the year of the ATP ranking and this adds an extra emotion.” Congratulations also to Garbiñe with his achievement, which is very important for our country, “Nadal said in remarks sent by the international federation.
Garbiñe Muguruza is the second Spanish to achieve the WTA number 1 after Arantxa Sánchez Vicario . “Being the best in such a competitive year is extraordinary and it’s even more special because Rafa also did it for the men’s side, he’s the great role model for all of us, that’s why it’s a great moment for Spanish tennis. working hard could pay off, which made winning Wimbledon and reaching world number one so special, “said the Venezuelan-Hispanic.