Annual Awards: Tennis Players, Sports

The ATP and WTA held their first annual joint Awards Gala at the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami Beach on March 19, 1997. The ceremonies were hosted by comedian Dennis Miller and raised over $120,000 with all proceeds going to the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center and the greater Miami Partnership for the Homeless. Voting was done by a selection of worldwide media.


Player of the YearPete Sampras
Doubles Team of the YearTodd Woodbridge/
Mark Woodforde
Most Improved PlayerTim Henman
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian AwardPaul Flory
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship AwardAlex Corretja
Comeback Player of the YearStephane Simian
Rado Player to WatchDominik Hrbaty
Senior Player of the YearJimmy Connors
Ron Bookman Media Excellence AwardBrett Haber
Championship Series Tournament of the YearRCA Championships
World Series Tournament of the YearRado Swiss Open


Player of the YearSteffi Graf
Doubles Team of the YearArantxa Sanchez-Vicario/
Jana Novotna
Most Improved PlayerMartina Hingis
Most Impressive NewcomerAnna Kournikova
Comeback Player of the YearJennifer Capriati
David Gray Service AwardMartina Navratilova
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship AwardYayuk Basuki
Corel WTA Tour Aces AwardGabriela Sabatini
David Gray Service AwardMartina Navratilova
Corel WTA Tour Player Service AwardKatrina Adams
Ted Tingling Media Person of the YearMary Carillo

1997 Serve Speed Rankings1996-1997 Season
1996-1997 Season
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