Every WTA tournament is required to provide a Tournament Physician, who is local to that area and is responsible for the overall medical care of the athletes during that event. The Tournament Physician is an essential member of the health care team and works side by side the WTA Primary Health Care Providers onsite to provide world class, comprehensive care to the athletes.
Each year the WTA Sport Sciences and Medicine Department presents one outstanding Tournament Physician with 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 Dr. Erin Boynton from the Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank - Toronto. Dr. Erin Boynton is an orthopaedic surgeon, expert medical witness, consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays, and past-chair of the research committee for the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation.
Throughout her career as a surgeon and sports doctor, she has worked with many professional sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Argos, and she was the first female orthopaedic surgeon to work in the MLB and NHL. For the last sixteen years, she has acted as the Medical Director for the Rogers Cup WTA tennis tour.
Dr. Boynton has also worked as assistant professor of surgery and physical therapy at the University of Toronto, and is the co-author of over thirty academic papers. She has lectured at hospitals, universities, and conferences around the globe, and is the recipient of multiple research grants, honors, and awards, including the J. Edouard Samson Award which recognizes the best career orthopaedic research in Canada.
In addition to treating thousands of professional and amateur athletes as a doctor, Dr. Boynton is also a championship tennis player who’s represented Canada on multiple World Cup teams, and is currently ranked 13th in the world in the W55 category.
On behalf of the WTA, we congratulate Dr. Boynton and the Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank - Toronto on this outstanding accomplishment!