12 September, New York
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that Venus Williams has received the fifth annual US Open Sportsmanship Award, presented to the professional tennis players who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship throughout the year’s last Major.
Williams, a two-time US Open women’s singles champion, joins Kevin Anderson as this year’s US Open Sportsmanship Award recipient, reports Xinhua.
“What more can you say that hasn’t already been said about Venus Williams. She is the personification of class and grace as a competitor and is the perfect recipient of the US Open Sportsmanship Award,” said USTA chairman Katrina Adams.
Each US Open Sportsmanship Award winner receives a trophy and a $5,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice. Past winners include Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki (2014), Li Na and David Ferrer (2013) and Bob and Mike Bryan and Samantha Stosur (2012).