ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki has been named the winner of the WTA’s Diamond ACES Award for the 2011 season. The Diamond ACES Award is given to the player who consistently goes above and beyond in promoting the sport of women’s tennis to fans, media, and local communities by performing off-court promotional and charitable activities.
“Women’s tennis has given me everything I have and I enjoy every opportunity I get to give back and help promote it around the world,” Wozniacki said.
“Not only is Caroline one of the best female athletes on the planet, she is extremely conscious of the power she has to grow women’s tennis around the world,” said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster. “She always makes herself available to our fans, sponsors and the media and it is because of players like Caroline that women’s tennis’ global fan base is constantly growing.”
Among Wozniacki’s numerous contributions to promoting women’s tennis this season were hosting a kids clinic at Tokyo, where she gave lessons to close to 100 Japanese children. She also helped raise awareness for breast cancer at New Haven and gave a heartwarming speech to fans in Tokyo on behalf of all the WTA players, offering the nation support after a devastating earthquake.
This year marked the fifth season in a row that a point weighted system was used to award each of the off-court activities performed by players at WTA tournaments. The Diamond ACES Award was first introduced in 1995, in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then, 11 players have won the award, including Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva and Samantha Stosur.
who gives endlessly to promote the game of tennis on and off the court.
- Caroline Wozniacki: My Dad Is Still My Main Coach (tennis-x.com)