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11 March 2013

Iceland's Commitment Award winner receives trophy


Arnar Sigurdsson (ISL) receives the Davis Cup Commitment Award from the president of the Icelandic Tennis Association Helgi Thor Jonasson

Iceland‘s only Davis Cup Commitment Award winner was given his trophy in a special ceremony on Saturday 9 March at the headquarters of the Icelandic Sport Association.

Arnar Sigurdsson, who holds all of his country‘s Davis Cup records including most victories, was honoured at the weekend when 50 members of Iceland‘s tennis community came together for their annual celebration and used the opportunity to present their top male player with this prestigious award.

Sigurdsson was part of the first generation of Icelandic tennis players. He became national champion in men´s singles and doubles at the age of 16 and started competing for Iceland that same year.

Coming from a small country, finding practice partners and suitable competition was difficult for Sigurdsson, but he soon started competing on the ITF Junior Circuit and was the first Icelander to compete in junior Grand Slam events at Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

Sigurdsson is the first Icelander to win an ITF junior event, when he won a Malaysian Grade 3, and soon after finishing his time on the junior tour he went to the United States, where he played for the University of the Pacific in the NCAA collegiate competition. Four years later he left with the all-time school record for most singles wins (99).

He then turned professional in 2006 and reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 703 in 2007 and a doubles ranking of No. 518. He proceeded to start medical school in 2008 in his home country of  Iceland, which is when he ended his tennis career.

Sigurdsson played 54 ties for Iceland with a singles win-loss record of 39-12 and a doubles record of 25-19. This leaves him with the most total wins in Iceland history of 64. Sigurdsson has 39 singles wins out of 65 total singles wins in Icelandic Davis Cup history.

He won the national championships in Iceland for 15 straight years in singles and doubles and competed eight times in the mixed event during this period, winning it all eight times.

He joins a 300-strong list of men who have competed sufficiently in Davis Cup to be awarded the Davis Cup Commitment Award. For more details on this, visit the Commitment Award page.

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