ITF World Champions: Petra, Kveta & Kata
Published December 15, 2011 12:00
LONDON, UK - Petra Kvitova and the team of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik were all honored this week with ITF World Champion titles, Kvitova in singles and Peschke and Srebotnik doubles. It was a first for all three players.
Kvitova is the first Czech to win the ITF World Champion title in singles since Ivan Lendl won it in 1990. Kvitova, who finished the season at No.2 in the world, edged No.1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki for the award thanks to her first Grand Slam triumph at Wimbledon and leading the Czechs to their first Fed Cup title.
"I will cherish this award," Kvitova said. "It's the cherry on top of a wonderful year in which I managed to win Wimbledon, the WTA Championships, and together with the Czech team, the Fed Cup. It was a dream year. I'll never forget it."
Novak Djokovic won the ITF World Champion title in singles on the men's side.
"Novak and Petra combined strong performances for their country with outstanding individual records," said Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the ITF. "Novak's achievements this year are remarkable in such a strong era for men's tennis, while Petra has made a major breakthrough on the women's tour."
Peschke and Srebotnik's season included winning their first Grand Slam title (as a team and individually) at Wimbledon and ascending to No.1 in the world. Srebotnik is the first Slovenian ever to win an ITF World Champion title.
"To become the No.1 player is a milestone only a few players ever achieve, and on top of this we won our first Grand Slam at Wimbledon," Srebotnik said. "Finishing the year as ITF World Champions is something that makes me extremely proud and I will always look back on this season with a smile."
"I am so happy and proud to receive this award," Peschke said. "It has been such a wonderful year for us. We achieved almost everything I could dream of, winning Wimbledon and claiming No.1, and ending the year as the No.1 team."
The Bryans won the ITF World Champion title in doubles on the men's side.
The ITF's selection of its senior World Champions is based on an objective system that considers all results during the year, but gives weight to the Grand Slams and two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
Junior honorees were Jiri Vesely on the boys' side and Irina Khromacheva on the girls' side; wheelchair honorees were Maikel Scheffers and Esther Vergeer.
The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris during Roland Garros, on Tuesday, June 5.