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Santana and Stolle presented with ITF Philippe Chatrier Award 42 Summer 2021 ITF World distinction in 2005. Santana, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, is widely considered a pioneer of tennis in Spain as the first Spaniard to win a major title at the French Championships in 1961. He regained the French title in 1964 before going on to win the US Championships in 1965 and Wimbledon in 1966. He also won the 1963 French doubles title. Santana has an outstanding Davis Cup record, representing Spain from 1958-73, and with 92 total wins is the fifth most successful player in Davis Cup history. He currently holds or jointly holds every Spanish Davis Cup record, including most years played (14) and most ties played (46). Following a legendary career, Santana retired in 1980 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1984. He has continued to significantly contribute to the sport throughout his life, captaining the Spanish Davis Cup team, and establishing the Manolo Santana Racquet Club in Marbella and the Sport Centre Manolo Santana in Madrid. Santana and Stolle, contemporaries on the circuit, have remained mentors to many Spanish and Australian players throughout the years and have been a constant presence at Davis Cup ties and Grand Slam tournaments. Santana said: "It is a great honour to receive this award at this stage of my life as it is recognition for my years dedicated to tennis. It is lovely to win it alongside Fred [Stolle]. Before we were rivals, we were friends. Our friendship endures." Stolle said of receiving the The ITF presented Spain's Manolo Santana and Australia's Fred Stolle with its highest honour, the ITF Philippe Chatrier Award, in May. The ITF Philippe Chatrier Award, named after the former ITF President, was introduced in 1996 and is awarded to individuals or organisations that have made significant contributions to the sport of tennis both on and off the court. The ITF was unable to present its Philippe Chatrier Award winners and World Champions with their trophies last year due to pandemic restrictions. With the annual ITF World Champions Awards Dinner in Paris still not possible in 2021, the ITF filmed presentations to the winners around the world and celebrated their achievements in two videos released in May. Fred Stolle is a 19-time Grand Slam champion, including two singles (1965 French Championships and 1966 US Championships), 10 doubles and seven mixed doubles titles. He also helped Australia win four Davis Cup titles in 1961, 1964- 66, with a 13-3 overall win-loss record. Since retirement, Stolle has enjoyed a successful career as a coach and as a commentator and analyst. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988; received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000; and earned Office of the Order of Australia award: "It's a very prestigious award. Philippe was a very special guy and a very good friend and it's a thrill. It's a great honour because I know who's gone before, and it's pretty neat to share it with Manolo." NEWS ROUND-UP S U M M E R 2 0 2 1 Tickets on sale for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals Tickets for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2021 – for all venues and sessions – are available to purchase. The multi-site format, introduced for the first time this year, will mean that each city – Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin – will host two competition groups during the group stage and at least one quarter-final, with Madrid hosting two quarter-finals. The Spanish capital will also stage the two semi-finals and the final. Each venue has its own ticketing plan tailored to the local audience and the competition stages it is hosting. In Madrid, for individual ties (three matches between two nations), prices range from €25 to €80 for the group stage; €40 to €95 for the quarter-finals; €50 to €120 for the semi-finals; and €60 to €150 for the final. In addition, packages can be purchased offering great value, while Premium Tickets are also available including access to The 1900 Club's hospitality services. In Innsbruck, prices range from €55 to €120 for group stage ties and €65 to €120 for the quarter- finals. Packages and Premium Tickets are also available. In Turin, prices range from€16 to €200 for the group stage, and from €24 to €110 for the quarter-finals. Further information and ticketing options are available at WATC H M O R E

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