|2016 WTA Player Award Winners Announced
ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today the winners of the annual WTA Player Year-End Awards – headlined by Player of the Year, Angelique Kerber, and Doubles Team of the Year, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, as well as the Jerry Diamond ACES award, granted to Romania’s Simona Halep. Players were recognized at The Gala Evening at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
The 2016 WTA Award winners, as voted by members of the media and one collective fan vote:
Player of the Year: Angelique Kerber (GER)
Doubles Team of the Year: Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA)
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Most Improved Player of the Year: Johanna Konta (GBR)
Newcomer of the Year: Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Comeback Player of the Year: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Jerry Diamond ACES Award: Simona Halep (ROU)
The Jerry Diamond ACES Award is presented to the player who consistently goes above and beyond in promoting the sport of women’s tennis to fans, media, and local communities by performing off-court promotional and charitable activities.
Simona Halep has earned the ACES award for the first time in her career. The Romanian participated in numerous kid’s clinics throughout the globe, charitable activities such as the Charity Day Clinic in Madrid, as well as fan friendly events, including the Sydney Festival, to help bring the game closer to the community.
The Diamond ACES Award was first introduced in 1995, in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then, a total of 15 players have won the award: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and now, Simona Halep.
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The awards, presented in person to those recipients in attendance at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, are an exclusive Tiffany weave platter in crystal glass.