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The all-conquering doubles duo of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who won 11 grand slam event men’s doubles titles and 61 tournaments in all between 1990 and 2000, were awarded the Philippe Chatrier award for services to tennis at the International Tennis Federation’s World Champions’ Dinner in Paris.

The two Australians followed the All England Club, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Guy Forget, Gustavo Kuerten and Martina Navratilova as recent winners of the Chatrier award that was instituted in 1996 in honor of the memory of the former ITF president.

Current ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said of the recipients at the gala dinner in the midst of the Bois de Boulogne at the Pavillion d’Armenonville: “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 honored for their outstanding - and ongoing - contributions to the game."

Woodbridge responded: “It was a bit of a surprise. What I do in tennis, I do it because I know it and I love it and it’s part of my whole life. It’s really nice to be honored for the efforts that we’ve put back in — in broadcasting, in coaching, in promoting our sport.

“We’ve both done it differently. It hasn’t been a joint effort like we were as a doubles partnership, but we’ve equally done a lot in our respective areas.”

Woodforde added: “It is such an honor to receive the Philippe Chatrier Award. I’m moved so deeply that Todd and I will be joining such grand champions and following in the footsteps of the other Aussies to receive this accolade.

“To be the first doubles team honored not only highlights the success of the Woodies on court but also recognizes our continual involvement with this cherished sport via our international media duties as well as our coaching and player development roles back home in Australia.”

The actual world champions awards went to Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams for the men’s and women’s singles; the men’s doubles champions for the tenth time were Bob and Mike Bryan, with the Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci taking the women’s prize.

Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic were the junior champions with Shingo Kunieda and Aniek van Koot taking the wheelchair awards.


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