The annual event, which always takes place on the second Tuesday of the French Open just up the road from Roland Garros, celebrates the best in various branches of tennis, but it’s a little more than that. The best is not just someone who finishes top of a ranking list, but who gives more to the sport. And it’s also a celebration of the tennis family, a chance for many of those who give unpaid time to serve the game to rub shoulders with some of the greatest names.
It was not Rafael Nadal who was the men’s world champion for 2013 but Novak Djokovic. The ITF has a specific set of criteria that adds additional weight to the Grand Slam tournaments and playing for one’s country, and with Djokovic having won one major, been runner-up in two others and a semifinalist in the fourth, plus steering Serbia to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final, the ITF computer delivered the Serb as its world champion.
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