Azarenka Wins Diamond Aces Award
Published October 25, 2013 12:11
The award goes to a player who consistently goes above and beyond in promoting women's tennis to fans, media and local communities by performing off-court promotional and charitable activities. This year marked the seventh season in a row that a point-weighted system was used to award each of the off-court activities performed by players at WTA events - Azarenka won the award last year too.
"I want to congratulate Victoria on her outstanding season and the contributions she has made through the WTA's Diamond ACES program," Stacey Allaster said. "Vika, and all WTA players, proudly serve as ambassadors of the game and continue to inspire future generations, on and off the court."
Azarenka's numerous contributions to promoting women's tennis this season include helping Billie Jean King, Stacey Allaster and David Haggerty light up the Empire State Building in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the WTA; taking part in a major activation at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, where she hit with dozens of children on center court; and taking time out during the Sony Open Tennis to visit the Baptist Children's Hospital, spending time with the young children and handing out Wilson gift packs.
The Diamond ACES Award was introduced in 1995 in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then 13 players have won the award: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, and Azarenka.