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As tennis players pause for their measly month off from the tours, the tennis media marches up to the line to serve up our 2005 awards. TennisReporters.net's co-owners vote here.
Newcomer of the Year/women
Matt: While Czech Nicole Vaidisova has more titles, I'll take 18-year-old Serb Ana Ivanovic, her better Slam performances and her soaring marquee value.
Ron: You can't argue with Vaidisova's three titles in her sixteenth year.
By Matthew Cronin and Ron Cioffi
Karl deKroo, Herald Sun.
SERBIAN world No. 16 Ana Ivanovic says living in Australia will provide Jelena Dokic with her best chance of returning to the game's elite.
Ivanovic, who rocketed up the rankings from outside the top 100 in 2005, said Dokic had the ability to regain her career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2002.
"I think it is great for her to be back," Ivanovic said.
"She has been happy in Australia before and she has played some of her best tennis here.
The International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) has voted Kim Clijsters and Roger Federer its Player of the Year awards and its annual Ambassador for Tennis awards for 2005.
The ITWA for Tennis award salutes players who go out of their way to advance the sport at a global level.
ITWA was formed four years ago to represent the select group of journalists who travel the globe, week-in and week-out, covering tennis for the written and broadcast media. ITWA includes members from 17 countries and the coverage they provide brings tennis to millions worldwide.
Ana will start her new season on 2nd of January on Hopman Cup in Perth playing with Novak Djokovic for Serbia and Montenegro.
Following Hopman Cup, Ana is scheduled to play in Sydney and the Australian Open. In February, Ana will start in Tokyo then Paris and right after that the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp. Soon after that, Ana will leave for the States for Indian Wells and Miami tournaments.
Ana is back in Switzerland where she started preparations for the new season. Ana is doing fitness training for two weeks with Pierre Paganini. They started in Lausanne, Switzerland’s fifth biggest city, situated on the banks of Lake Geneva and the home of the Olympic Museum. Ana is working on a combination of strength and endurance work, circuit training and running.
Next week, Ana and Pierre will be joined by Zoltan Kuharsky in Biel, Swiss national tennis centre. This is where Ana will start practicing her tennis and continuing to work on a wide range of fitness exercises.
It is a great pleasure for us to present you Ana’s revamped website! Our aim was to create a site that brings Ana closer to the fans all around the world. We hope you enjoy all the extras we have put into the site.
The release of the new website is in direct response to fans’ comments. One of the most frequent email topics we received in the past year about Ana’s Autograph cards. The new ecommerce module which allows secure ordering is now integrated in the website.
Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic played a charity match for rebuilding of the Avala TV tower near Belgrade. The event included one set match, which Ana won 7-5, and an extensive entertainment programme. The capacity crowd cheered for Ana which seem to have decided the outcome.
“Thank you everyone for coming.” Ana said a post match interview “I enjoyed the match and Nole is a real gentleman for letting me win. We hope to have more great events such as this one.”
Ana is to play Novak Djokovic in a charity match in Belgrade tomorrow. This charity event is aimed to raise money for the reconstruction of the Avala TV Tower.
“This is an ideal opportunity for our supporters to see us live in Belgrade. I hope people will come in numbers. As for the match outcome, I am not sure if I can beat him, let’s wait and see” said Ana.
Thank you all for birthday wishes, flowers, cards and presents.
The weekend was completely wonderful. On her birthday Ana went out with her family and friends to a nightclub in Belgrade. They had a brilliant time. The following day, Tennis Club Partizan Belgrade organised a birthday party for Ana.
During the ceremony Ana said she is hoping for a top 10 finish next year.
On the picture is Ana with her younger brother Miloš.