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Viva Espana! Nadal and Muguruza named ITF world champions

A advantageous yr for Spanish tennis has ended with Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza being honoured by means of the ITF.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates his US Open triumph

Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza had been named because the International Tennis Federation’s world champions for 2017, marking the primary time in 19 years that the winners of the boys’s and girls’s awards have come from the similar nation.

Nadal, who up to now won the distinction in 2008 and 2010, has been rewarded for successful two of the yr’s 4 grand slams – a tally matched by means of his nice rival, Roger Federer. The 31-year-old additionally earned the year-end ATP number-one score and used to be a finalist on the Australian Open.

Fellow Spaniard Muguruza, in the meantime, gained Wimbledon in 2017 and crowned the WTA ratings for the primary time, earlier than completing the yr sitting 2nd at the back of Simona Halep.

The final world champions from the similar nation have been Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport in 1998.

Nadal mentioned: “I’m more than pleased to obtain this award from the ITF and be the 2017 ITF world champion. It is 4 years since I final completed primary at the ATP ratings and this has a distinct feeling.

“Congrats additionally to Garbine on her fulfillment which is excellent for our nation.”

Muguruza added: “Becoming ITF world champion in this sort of aggressive yr is fantastic for me and is much more particular as a result of Rafa has additionally been awarded at the males’s facet.

“He is a brilliant function fashion for all folks, so this is a nice second for tennis in Spain.”

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