If there’s one thing about the WTA’s annual awards, it’s that they’re consistent.
Indian Wells, Stuttgart and Acapulco have once again proved most popular with the players in 2017.
The three events – in the Premier Mandatory, Premier and International categories, respectively, have won the “Tournament of the Year” awards, as voted on by the players, for the fourth consecutive year.
In the “Premier 5” category (which includes Canada, Cincinnati, Wuhan, and Doha/Dubai on a rotating basis), the winner was the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, which also won in 2016.
On the off-court side, the Czechs cleaned up.
The Peachy Kellmayer Player Service Award went to Lucie Safarova for the fourth straight year.
Notably, Safarova has served on the Player Council since 2009.
The Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship award – once again – went to Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova has won it six of the last seven years.
“I know I have won this award several times, but this year is extra special for me because I missed the first half of the season,” Kvitova said in a statement. “We are fighters, we are opponents, but on the other hand we are colleagues as well. So for me, the biggest thing is respect.”