(20th January 2013)
Andy Murray and Serena Williams have been presented with the International Tennis Writers Association’s top awards. The 25-year-old Scot and the 31-year-old American were voted ITWA’s Ambassadors of the Year for 2012 and received their trophies at the Australian Open.
ITWA (www.itwa.org) represents more than 100 of the world’s leading tennis journalists. Its awards recognise not only achievements on the court but also conduct off it, including co-operation with the media.
Murray won his first Grand Slam title at last year’s US Open and also won gold and silver medals at the Olympics in the singles and mixed doubles events respectively. Williams won the singles titles at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Olympics and the end-of-season WTA Championships. She also won the doubles titles at Wimbledon and the Olympics in partnership with her sister Venus.
Sebastian Fest, co-president of ITWA, said: “Andy Murray and Serena Williams are great champions, but they are also very good ambassadors for their sport. Both understand that their high standing in tennis involves major media commitments and we appreciate their co-operation with all areas of the media.”
Issued by The International Tennis Writers Association