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ITF Names World Tennis Champions for 2003 - 2003-12-22

American Andy Roddick and Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne have been named the International Tennis Federation's World Champions for 2003. The ITF award is based on a system that considers performance at the Grand Slam tournaments, on the tour, at the season-ending tennis events and at the Davis Cup and Fed Cup team competitions.

Roddick, 21, won his first Grand Slam tournament in September at the U.S. Open and also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Henin-Hardenne, also 21, won two Grand Slam titles in 2003, taking the French Open and the U.S. Open. She reached the semifinals at the other two majors, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Both players also represented their countries in the Davis and Fed Cups.

Roddick edged Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, who won five of six singles matches in Davis Cup play.

The ITF awards for 2003 Doubles World Champions go to brothers Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina. The Bryans won the French Open and Tennis Masters Cup and were finalists at the U.S. Open.

Ruano Pascall and Suarez win for the second straight year after victories in the U.S. Open and the WTA Tour Championships. They were finalists at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.