Robredo Honoured With Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award
Tommy Robredo was named the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, in recognition of his efforts to encourage sports training for disabled people.
“I’m very happy with the ATP. I wasn’t expecting that prize,” said former World No. 5 Robredo, who travelled to London to accept his trophy from ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode during the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals Official Launch, presented by Moët & Chandon.
“What I’m doing, I’m doing it because I really like. I’m happy [to receive this award] and it gives us the power to keep working.”
To honour the memory of his close friend, the Spaniard launched his foundation and an international wheelchair tennis tournament, the Santi Silvas Open, in 2009. The tournament (ITF2) includes the world’s top male and female wheelchair tennis players, and has become an important part of the international tournament calendar.
“From the contacts and notes that Santi left, I was able to create the Tommy Robredo Foundation and make his dream come true," said Robredo. "I think we have achieved it thanks to the response we got from the players, sponsors, volunteers and the public who enthusiastically follow the matches. I am so sure that if Santi could see it, he would be very happy.”