Manders honoured for Davis Cup dedication
Gavin Manders has been recognised for his longstanding service to Bermuda tennis after receiving the Davis Cup Commitment Award.
Manders, the islandís most successful singles player in the Davis Cup with 18 wins, is the second local player to be handed the prestigious award after Jenson Bascome in 2016.
The award was conceived as part of the ITFís 2013 Centenary celebrations and was launched at the 100th Davis Cup Final in 2012. Manders, 33, joins more than 360 recipients of this award, including John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer.
ďI love the game and Iíve dedicated my life to Bermuda tennis,Ē said Manders, the islandís No 1. ďItís great to be recognised by the ITF. Itís one of the biggest awards Iíve had in my career.Ē
Itís great to be recognised by the ITF. Itís one of the biggest awards Iíve had in my career.
ďIíve played 13 years of Davis Cup and have been playing in the competition since I was 17.Ē
Manders, the islandís No 1 player, said he has no plans to quit the international stage just yet.
ďIíll continue to play Davis Cup for as long as I still enjoy it,Ē he said. ďIíll do it until either the body gives up or the coach doesnít want me. I donít see that happening anytime soon.Ē
Manders still trails Bascome for the overall Davis Cup wins. Bascome has a total of 32 wins and singles and doubles whereas Manders has 26.
Each award recipient must have competed in a minimum of 20 home or away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition and are recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters and on the official Davis Cup website.
The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in the menís game. It is run by the ITF and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knockout format.
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