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January 8, 2011 by staff 

Steffi Graf, (AFP) – Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki were named Champions of the International Tennis Federation’s world by 2010.

This is the second time that the Spaniard Nadal took the honor, while Wozniacki of Denmark became the first player to receive a higher price ITF.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were named men doubles world champions for a record seventh time, while Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy Women’s Doubles World Champions for the first time.

Nadal became the seventh man in history to win a Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Open in September.

The 24-year-old also won his fifth French Open title and second Wimbledon crown to find the number of year-end top of Roger Federer.

With an Olympic gold medal and two Davis Cup titles to his name, the Spaniard has won every major award for tennis.

Nadal said: “It’s an honor to be named ITF World Champion for the second time after a difficult year in 2009, it was an incredible feeling to regain the No. 1 ranking and eventually win the U.S. Open.

“My goal is time to continue to improve and be a better player every year that I was in the previous year.”

Wozniacki became the fourth youngest woman, after Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Steffi Graf to win the number of year-end number one.

The 20-year-old was the most consistent player on the circuit, winning six Tour titles high in Ponte Vedra, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Haven, Tokyo and Beijing.

Wozniacki said: “That is an honor to be named ITF World Champion To be listed with all former ITF world champions is something I’m really proud I had a very good year in 2010 and I am training hard to get a. even better year in 2011. ”

In other awards ITF, Youth Olympic champions Juan Sebastian Gomez of Colombia and Daria Gavrilova of Russia were named Junior World Champions, while the ITF world champions in wheelchair are Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

ITF world champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on May 31 in Paris, during Roland Garros.

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