Chinese Tennis Association wins International Tennis Hall of Fame award

Chinese Tennis Association wins Hall of Fame award. Image credit: ITF, Corinnie Dubreuil

The Chinese Tennis Association has won the 2019 Global Organisation of Distinction award presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is officially recognised by the International Tennis Federation and the award was made at the ITF Conference and AGM taking place this week in Lisbon.

Todd Martin, chief executive of the Hall of Fame, said the award was made in recognition of China’s achievements in developing the sport at elite and grassroots levels, including nurturing the emergence of 19 million recreational players, winning gold in the Olympics women’s doubles competition in 2004, and having former player Li Na inducted into the Hall of Fame in July this year.

Martin said: “The Chinese Tennis Association has, yes, a short track record, but also a very distinguished one in growing the sport. The CTA has invested strategically in events, coaching education, grass-roots participation and player development, and earlier this summer Li Na became the first Chinese athlete to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the sport’s ultimate honour.”

CTA vice-president Liu Wenbin accepted the award from Martin. He said: “This award is in recognition for the efforts we’ve made to fulfill and realise our mission to make the sport of tennis the fastest-growing sport in China. And we are committed to making even greater efforts to make greater contributions to the world of tennis.”

Previous winners of the Global Organisation of Distinction award include Tennis Cambodia, in 2017, and Kooyong Tennis Club in Australia, in 2018.