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Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence, inaugurated by the ITF and International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001, is presented to past and present members of a Davis Cup team who best represent the ideals and spirit of the competition.


Honour roll

- 2014: Guy Forget (FRA) and Henri Leconte (FRA)
- 2013: Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
- 2012: Ivan Lendl (CZE)
- 2011: Emilio Sanchez (ESP)
- 2010: Slobodan Zivojinovic (SRB)
- 2009: Manuel Orantes (ESP)
- 2008: Guillermo Vilas (ARG)
- 2007: Stan Smith (USA)
- 2006: Alex Metreveli (URS)
- 2005: Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) and Miroslav Mecir (SVK)
- 2004: Manuel Santana (ESP)
- 2003: John Newcombe (AUS)
- 2002: Piere Darmon (FRA)
- 2001: Neale Fraser (AUS)



Forget and Leconte honoured in 2014

Guy Forget and Henri Leconte receive the Davis Cup Award of Excellence from ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and FFT President Jean Gachassin

Guy Forget and Henri Leconte were presented with the 2014 Davis Cup Award of Excellence at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between France and Switzerland in Lille.

Leconte and Forget were pivotal members of the French Davis Cup team for more than ten years, and helped France win its first title for 59 years with victory over USA in the 1991 Davis Cup Final in Lyon.

Forget, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 4 and is a former world No. 3 in doubles, played in 26 ties for France over 14 years. He compiled a 17-7 win-loss record in singles, and was 21-4 in doubles. As a player he was twice part of a Davis Cup-winning team, in 1991 and again in 1996. He went on to captain the French team for 14 years 1999-2012, steering his country to a ninth title in 2001 against Australia and three more runner-up finishes (1999, 2002, and 2010).

Leconte, who reached career-high rankings of 5 in singles and 6 in doubles, played Davis Cup for 13 years, taking part in 28 ties and compiling an overall 41-25 record, 17-5 in doubles. In addition to France's 1991 triumph Leconte helped his country reach the 1982 Davis Cup Final in Grenoble, losing to a McEnroe-led USA.

Forget and Leconte were a dream doubles team for France, with a perfect 11-0 record in tandem in Davis Cup. In the historic final against USA in 1991, Leconte defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets 64 75 64 in the second rubber before teaming with Forget for a four-set doubles win over Ken Flach and Robert Seguso. On the final day, Forget bounced back from his opening-rubber loss to Andre Agassi by beating Pete Sampras 76 36 63 64 in the fourth rubber to clinch the trophy. 

The Davis Cup Award of Excellence was presented in an on-court ceremony in Lille by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Jean Gachassin, president of the French Tennis Federation and a board member of the ITHF.

“As highly committed players and leaders among the French tennis players, Henri Leconte and Guy Forget played a pivotal role in building the success of the French Davis Cup team," said Ricci Bitti. "As we gather here in France for another dynamic Davis Cup Final, it is a pleasure to honour Henri and Guy for their important contributions over the years by presentation of the Davis Cup Award of Excellence.” 

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