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Garbine Muguruza, Nadal Named ITF Champions

Garbine Muguruza, Nadal Named ITF Champions

ITF Champions

Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were named as the International Tennis Federation or ITF champions on Friday. This is the first time in 19 years that the awards have gone to players from the same country. The last time two players from the same country scooped the awards was in 1998 when Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport took the honours.

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Rafael Nadal is the ITF Champion for the 3rd time

Nadal, who claimed the honour for the third time, made a sensational comeback from an injury-plagued 2016, winning a 10th French Open title and the US Open to take his Grand Slam haul to 16, three behind Roger Federer who also won two of the year’s majors after returning from injury. The 31-year-old Mallorcan ended the year as world number one, although he pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals in London due to a knee injury.

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Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza won the ITF award for the first time after capturing the Wimbledon title and ascending to the world number one ranking for the first time. She ended the year ranked number two behind Romania’s Simona Halep who is still chasing a first Grand Slam title.

The last time two players from the same country scooped the awards was in 1998 when Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport took the honours. Meanwhile, Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil became the men’s doubles ITF Champions. Chan Yun-Jan of Chinese Taipei and the recently-retired Martina Hingis of Switzerland took the women’s prize.

Both Nadal and Muguruza will now be wrapping up the 2017 tennis season and looking ahead to the Australian Open in January. The 2 will face stiff competition from their respective opponents and their respective number 1 and number 2 ranking will be threatened by many. Can Nadal remain on top and Can Muguruza reclaim Number 1? The answeres will reveal themselves in 2018.

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