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04 December 2010

Zivojinovic wins Davis Cup Award of Excellence


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Photo: Paul ZimmerSlobodan Zivojinovic, Francesco Ricci Bitti and Geoff Pollard

The International Tennis Federation and International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum have presented Slobodan Zivojinovic with the 2010 Davis Cup Award of Excellence.

The presentation took place during a special on-court ceremony at the Belgrade Arena ahead of the start of today's doubles rubber.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Geoff Pollard, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Board of Directors, presented Zivojinovic with his award. 

"Slobodan was at the heart of his nation's Davis Cup success for many years, and remains a great ambassador for tennis as President of the Serbia Tennis Federation," said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. "We are pleased to recognize his contributions on and off the court with the Davis Cup Award of Excellence."

The Davis Cup Award of Excellence was developed to recognize the importance of Davis Cup by honoring individuals who best represent the ideals of the competition's founder, Dwight Davis.

It is presented annually by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and ITF to a member of a past or present Davis Cup team, who is from the country/region where the Final is being held.

Zivojinovic was an integral member of the Yugoslavian Davis Cup team for more than a decade, representing his nation for 12 consecutive years between 1981-1992. He led the team to the semifinals in 1988, 1989 and 1991, compiling an overall Davis Cup win-loss record of 36-26.

A former Top 20 ranked player, Zivojinovic won two singles and eight doubles titles, and was a semifinalist at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. He has since gone on to become president of the Serbia Tennis Federation.

"Having served as a leader on court during his Davis Cup years and now as the President of the Serbia Tennis Federation, Slobodan has played an important role in the global development of tennis, and he is very deserving of this honor," said Christopher E. Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

The Davis Cup Award of Excellence was inaugurated in 2001 by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the ITF.

Past recipients are:

2009 - Manuel Orantes
2008 - Guillermo Vilas
2007 - Stan Smith
2006 - Alex Metreveli
2005 - Miloslav Mecir and Goran Ivanisevic
2004 - Manolo Santana 
2003 - John Newcombe
2002 - Pierre Darmon
2001 - Neale Fraser

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