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2005 ITF World Champion

19.12.2005 | Off Court

The ITF (International Tennis Federation) announced today that Roger and Kim Clijsters (BEL) are ITF World Champions for 2005.


Roger becomes only the sixth man to be named ITF World Champion for two consecutive years, following Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt. The 24-year-old defended his Wimbledon and US Open titles, winning a total of 11 titles for the second consecutive year. He maintained the world No. 1 ranking throughout the year, posting an 81-4 overall win-loss record. He also helped Switzerland retain its place in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.


Clijsters is the second Belgian in three years to be named Women's World Champion following Justine Henin-Hardenne in 2003, and narrowly edged out year-end world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport for the honour. The 22-year-old captured her first Grand Slam title at the 2005 US Open, winning a tour-high nine titles during the year. She also helped Belgium preserve its World Group status in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.


The ITF's selection of its World Champions is based on an objective system that considers not only performances at the Grand Slams, on the respective tours and at the season-ending events, but also gives weight to performances in the two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.


ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "Roger Federer was again the clear choice for ITF World Champion after another outstanding season. In a much closer women's contest, Kim Clijsters's US Open victory and overall consistency saw her come out on top."


The ITF also announced that Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Lisa Raymond (USA) and Samantha Stosur (AUS) are ITF Doubles World Champions for 2005.


ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "I want to extend my congratulations to all the ITF World Champions. This has been another memorable year in tennis, helped by the performances of these outstanding individuals. The ITF is proud to name them ITF World Champions for 2005."


The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 6 June, in Paris during Roland Garros.

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12/19/2005 | 09:02 PM
Congratulations Roger!
Just go on.....
12/19/2005 | 08:57 PM
Hi Roger;),


It's a great present for Christmas, isn't it?
There is no better way to end the year like this:).

I am really looking forward to the coming weekend because of Christmas and after Christmas I am going to have a tour
12/19/2005 | 08:56 PM
Dearest Roger,

Congratulations on becoming the ITF World Champion for the second time. You, more than anybody else, deserve it for your outstanding tennis game. Its such a treat to watch you play. May you always be healthy and strong and love playing y
12/19/2005 | 08:46 PM
Go Roger!
Your fantastic achievements have led to your winning yet another award. You really deserved it! Congratulations!!!!!!
Love yah! Diana
12/19/2005 | 08:41 PM
Hi Roger;),


It's a great present for Christmas, isn't it?;)
There is no better way to end the year like this:).

Well done Roger.

Keep it going and have a nice time the coming days and weeks.
I am really looking forwa
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