Every WTA tournament is required to provide Tournament Physicians, who are local to that area and responsible for the overall medical care of the athletes during that event. Tournament Physicians are essential members of the health care team and work side by side WTA Primary Health Care Providers (PHCP) onsite to provide world class, comprehensive care to the athletes.
Each year the WTA Sport Sciences and Medicine Department presents its highest honor, the Irving Glick Award of Excellence (Dr. Glick Award). The award was first presented in 2001 to honor the accomplishments of Dr. Irving Glick.
Dr. Irving Glick was the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Open for over 20 years and made many significant contributions to tennis medicine and science. He founded and chaired the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the USTA and served on the Medical Commission for the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Dr. Glick was the ITF Medical Representative to the Olympic Games in Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992). He was instrumental in developing the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, years before the establishment of the current World Anti-Doping Agency and he was also a founding member of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Medical Committee.
As a result of his many outstanding professional contributions, Dr. Glick was inducted into the USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award.
The Irving Glick Award serves to recognize and honor outstanding contributions and sport medicine excellence on the part of WTA Tournament Physicians.
This year the WTA honors the medical team of the Qatar Total Open.
For the past several years, this team of physicians has not only provided the highest quality medical care to the athletes at the Qatar Total Open in Doha, but also demonstrated genuine care and concern for the wellbeing of the athletes. With over 20 years combined experience across more than 12 specialties, not only do the onsite tournament physicians provide great care for WTA athletes but Aspetar Hospital provides a wide array of fantastic medical specialists that are available to WTA athletes at any time. Aspetar is the first specialized Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in the Gulf region. It partners with the Qatar Total Open to provide the highest possible medical treatment for sports-related injuries in a state-of-the-art facility, staffed by some of the world’s leading sports medicine practitioners and researchers.
“Knowing that a variety of high quality, medical specialists are available to the athletes makes our job as primary healthcare providers much easier as well,” Said Lisa Pataky WTA PHCP and presenter of the Dr. Glick Award.
On behalf of the WTA and its athletes, we are pleased to recognize the medical team of the Qatar Total Open as the recipients of the 2017 Irving Glick Award.