Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ivanovic wins Tour Aces Diamond award

Ana Ivanovic
received the Tour Aces Diamond award for off-court promotional activities. The award goes to the player, who does most for promoting the sport to fans, media and sponsors.

"I'm very happy to win this fun competition," Ivanovic said. "Being a professional tennis player is about a lot more than just hitting tennis balls and winning matches. The off-court side of things is also very important, and it's essential that we as athletes do what we can to promote the sport. There have been a lot of enjoyable ACES activities this year. I always enjoy meeting fans, sponsors and other guests when I'm at tournaments. Two of my most enjoyable activities this year were playing doubles with some amateur players in Tokyo and the photo shoot we did in Dubai."

"Ana is not only an incredible athlete and champion, but also a player who has earned the respect and admiration of fans, media and sponsors by continuously giving back," said Larry Scott, Chairman & CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. "Throughout the 2008 season, Ana has given of herself selflessly and been a true ambassador in promoting our sport."

"Ana has made a significant effort to promote women's tennis this year and it gives me great pleasure to present her with this award during the Sony Ericsson Championships," said Aldo Liguori, CVP and Global Head of Communications and PR, Sony Ericsson. "It's great to see some very strong contenders for the 2008 ACES Award and to recognise the players who are so dedicated and passionate towards promoting women's tennis to fans and new audiences."

This is how this years Diamond Aces rankings looked like:

1. Ivanovic, Ana (595)
2. Jankovic, Jelena (565)
3. Williams, Serena (345)
4. Chakvetadze, Anna (315)
Dementieva, Elena (315)
Hantuchova, Daniela (315)
7. Kuznetsova, Svetlana (265)
8. Williams, Venus (245)
9. Schnyder, Patty (240)
10. Petrova, Nadia (230)


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