Nadal and Muguruza win ITF player of the year awards

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Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation’s player of the year awards.

At 31, Nadal becomes the oldest ITF men’s world champion after a season in which he won a 10th French Open and a third U.S. Open.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a shot to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. Rafael Nadal and fellow Spaniard Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation's player of the year awards, it was announced on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, file) © (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, file FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a shot to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during their second round match of t…

The Spaniard also became the oldest player to finish the year at No. 1 since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) © (AP Photo/Seth Wenig 2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS – Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 10… FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Rafael Nadal of Spain returns to David Goffin of Belgium during their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London. Rafael Nadal and fellow Spaniard Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation's player of the year awards, it was announced on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file) © (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Rafael Nadal of Spain returns to David Goffin of Belgium during their singles tennis match at the ATP W…

Muguruza dropped only one set en route to her first Wimbledon title and finished the year at No. 2 behind Simona Halep.

”Becoming ITF world champion in such a competitive year is amazing for me,” said Muguruza, who is also Spanish. ”(Nadal) is a great role model for all of us, so it is a great moment for tennis in Spain.”

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