Top US tennis players Samantha Stosur and the Bryan Brothers – Mike and Bob – have become the first recipients of the inaugural US Open Sportsmanship Award.
Presented by the USTA Chairman and President John Vegosen and Selection Committee Chairman Todd Martin, the Award recognised the professionalism and consistency of the three during the 2012 US Open.
“Bob and Mike are both great champions and gracious competitors, making them the perfect choice” explained Vergosen “Through all of their accomplishments on the court, Bob and Mike have exuded the class and integrity that exemplifies what makes tennis such a great sport. Their success continues to set a perfect example for future generations.”
Speaking about 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, Vergosen described her as the “perfect choice for the US Open Sportsmanship Award. Samantha is a phenomenal player and also exhibits the type of quality and tradition in our sport that we want to showcase. ”
Bob and Mike Bryan were the winners of this year’s US Open doubles title, and along with their 12th major title trophy they also broke the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam team titles. Defeating former world number one Serena Williams in the final of the US Open last year, Sam Stosur reached the round 16 of before losing to Victoria Azarenka in a tough three-set battle.
Presented to those male and female professional players who consistently demonstrate excellence and sportsmanship throughout the US Open tournament and the US Open, the Sportsmanship Award also included a $5,000 donation to each player’s chosen charity. 2012’s winners were required to participate in at least 2 Series tournaments and the 2012 US Open grand slam tournament.