Australian doubles legends Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde will
be presented with the ITF’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier
Award, at the 2014 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 3 June in
Paris at the Pavillon d’Armenonville.
The World Champions Dinner will celebrate the achievements of the
2013 ITF World Champions. This year’s recipients are singles
champions Novak Djokovic (SRB) and
Serena Williams (USA); doubles
champions Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Sara Errani and Roberta
Vinci (ITA); junior champions Alexander
Zverev (GER) and Belinda Bencic (SUI); and wheelchair
champions Shingo Kunieda (JPN) and Aniek van Koot (NED). The Bryans
win the men’s doubles trophy for the 10th time.
The evening will also see the presentation of the second ITF Seniors
Award to Heide Orth of Germany. The 71-year-old is the most
decorated senior women’s player in history and has won ten ITF
Seniors and Super-Seniors World Individual Singles titles, ten World
Individual Doubles titles and ten World Team Championships
Former British Davis Cup player and current television broadcaster
Andrew Castle hosts the evening, with ITF President Francesco Ricci
Bitti presenting the awards to the World Champions, and the
distinctive trophies once again being designed by internationally-recognised
sculptor Laurence Broderick.
Woodbridge and Woodforde receive the Philippe Chatrier Award both
for their achievements on court, and their dedication in their
varied roles as coaches, commentators, administrators and mentors.
Known as the ‘Woodies’, the pair enjoyed outstanding results
together between 1990 and 2000, winning 11 Grand Slam men’s doubles
titles and a total of 61 tournaments. Their greatest success came at
Wimbledon, where they are the only men’s partnership in the Open era
to win five straight titles (1993-97), and hold the Open era record
of six championships.
The Woodies won the Olympic gold medal at Atlanta 1996, and four
years later took silver in Sydney. In Davis Cup, they compiled a
14-2 record together, scoring the vital doubles point that helped
Australia defeat France for the title in 1999. The pair completed
their set of Grand Slam titles when they won the elusive Roland
Garros crown in 2000, shortly before adding their sixth Wimbledon
title. By Woodforde’s retirement after the 2000 Olympics they had a
508-137 career record.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Todd Woodbridge and Mark
Woodforde were unbeatable in their prime, in a nine-year span
winning 11 Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold and silver medals, and
helping Australia to Davis Cup glory. They continue their
commitments to tennis in a variety of capacities and are being
honoured for their outstanding – and ongoing – contributions to the