Tennis Europe has announced the winners of the European Tennis Trophy, the annual awards devised to recognise the performances of players and teams representing the regional association’s 50 member nations throughout the year.
The winners of the 2019 Trophies are as follows:
- Overall Performance: FRANCE
- Professional Tennis: FRANCE
- Junior Tennis: RUSSIA
- Senior Tennis: GERMANY
- Wheelchair Tennis: GREAT BRITAIN
France’s fourth consecutive win for Overall Performance makes the nation the most successful in the history of the competition, with 8 titles since 1991. France also won the Professional Tennis Trophy for a fourth consecutive year, beating Spain into second place.
In the closest of races, Russia re-claimed the Junior Tennis Trophy from runners-up Czech Republic with just 35 points separating the two nations. The win marks a 14th junior tennis win in the last 16 years for Russia.
Great Britain will celebrate a third Wheelchair Tennis Trophy, after comfortably beating reigning champions Netherlands into second place, and rise from 9th to 6th overall.
In the Senior Tennis Trophy, Germany continues to reign supreme, waltzing to the title for a 29th consecutive year ahead of second-placed Austria.
Other notable performances come from nations as diverse as Andorra, Azerbaijan, Finland, Greece, Israel, Liechtenstein and Norway, all of whom rise five or more places since last year.
European Tennis Trophy 2019 - Final Standings
Results by Ranking | Results by Nation A-Z | Results by Category
Acknowledging another victory for his nation, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli commented, “It is an extra honour to receive this award from Tennis Europe. It highlights both our willingness to train our young elite internationally and the quality of the work provided by all the educators in clubs, leagues and at the French Tennis Federation. It must also be shared with the families without whom there is no high-level course.”
Tennis Europe President Vladimir Dmitriev congratulated the winners, “Performance is just one of the many ways in which the French Tennis Federation leads our member nations, and I’d like to express my warmest congratulations for this timely win, during the FFT’s centenary year. The European Tennis Trophy is our unique way of recognising the performances of our member nations, and it’s important to remember that behind every individual victory is years of work on the part of players, coaches, parents, federations, volunteers, organisers and officials.”
Tennis Europe has also announced that to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the European Tennis Trophy in 2020, a new Beach Tennis Trophy will be added. “The incorporation of Beach Tennis is a great recognition of the growth of the sport, which now has over 300 events in 37 countries. Coupled with the digitalisation of the Tour and implementation of new ‘Wave Series’ and junior circuits in 2020, Beach Tennis has an exciting year ahead,” said Aleksei Selivanenko, Chairman of the ITF Beach Tennis Committee.
The prizes will be presented to the winning national federations at a ceremony held during Tennis Europe’s Annual General Meeting in Crete on March 27th. For further information about the European Tennis Trophy, click here.
Final Standings 2019: Top Ten Nations