LONDON – The ITF on Friday announced that Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have been named the 2017 ITF World Champions.
Nadal receives the honour for the third time, while it is the first year Muguruza has been recognised. This is the first time since Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport in 1998 that the men’s and women’s ITF world champions are from the same country.
In their first seasons together, Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, and Chan Yun-Jan of Chinese Taipei and the recently-retired Martina Hingis of Switzerland are named Doubles World Champions.
David Wagner of USA becomes the inaugural ITF Quad Wheelchair World Champion; while Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina is named Men’s Wheelchair World Champion for the first time, and Japan’s Yui Kamiji earns her second Women's Wheelchair World Champion honour.
Axel Geller of Argentina and Whitney Osuigwe of USA are named ITF Junior World Champions.
The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2018 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 5 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros.