Men and women's champions thank ITF in video messages
SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 6, 2017)(ITF - ACCESS ALL) 1. VIDEO MESSAGE FROM WOMEN'S 2016 WORLD CHAMPION ANGELIQUE KERBER BEING INTRODUCED 2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WOMEN'S 2016 WORLD CHAMPION ANGELIQUE KERBER, ON VIDEO, SAYS: "Hello everyone I am sorry that I cannot celebrate with you tonight in Paris at this special event. But I am grateful for the recognition by the ITF and I am truly honoured to be named the ITF world champion 2016." 3. AUDIENCE AT DINNER APPLAUDING 4. MEN'S 2016 WORLD CHAMPION ANDY MURRAY'S VIDEO MESSAGE IS INTRODUCED ON STAGE 5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MEN'S 2016 WORLD CHAMPION ANDY MURRAY, ON VIDEO AT ROLAND GARROS, SAYS: "Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great night. Really sorry I can't be there. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who made me ITF world champion for 2016. It is obviously a huge honour. It was an amazing year for me. The best year of my life on and off the court so this is very special for me. Thank you very much again and have a great evening." 6. CAPTAIN OF 2016 DAVIS CUP WINNERS ARGENTINA, DANIEL ORSANIC, RIGHT, WITH CAPTAIN OF 2016 FED CUP WINNERS CZECH REPUBLIC, PETR PALA (CENTRE). JOINED BY ITF PRESIDENT DAVID HAGGERTY (LEFT) 7. WHEELCHAIR WORLD CHAMPIONS GORDON REID AND JISKE GRIFFIOEN ON STAGE WITH AWARDS, JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONS MIOMIR KECMANOVIC AND ANASTASIA POTAPOVA ON STAGE WITH AWARD STORY: The ITF 2016 world champions Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were honoured at the ITF champions dinner in Paris on Tuesday (June 6). Neither was at the dinner - Murray is still in the hunt for his first French Open title. Kerber was eliminated from Roland Garros in a first round upset. But both thanked the ITF for their awards with a video message. The 2016 Davis Cup winning captain Daniel Orsanic of Argentina, and the Fed Cup winning captain Petr Pala of Czech Republic appeared at the dinner to celebrate their victories. The wheelchair world champions Gordon Reid of Great Britain and Jiske Griffioen of Netherlands received their awards, so too did the junior world champions Anastasia Potapova of Russia and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia.