Voted by players since 1977, the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award has gone to athletes including Chris Evert, Kim Clijsters, Pam Shriver and Venus Williams. It recognizes a player’s efforts to support her peers and wider initiatives on behalf of the WTA.
This year’s Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award was presented Gabriela Dabrowski. She receives the accolade for the very first time in her career and also becomes the first Canadian to be acknowledged.
Congratulations goes out to @GabyDabrowski for being named the recipient of the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award!
This award recognizes the work she has done to support her fellow players as well as the wider initiatives on behalf of the WTA. pic.twitter.com/AbLlwRfyOP
— WTA (@WTA) December 9, 2019
“I’m extremely honoured to receive this award from my friends and colleagues on Tour,” affirmed Dabrowski, who also explained how eye-opening her time on the WTA Players’ Council has been. “It has enabled me to give the player group I represent a voice, encompassing everyone’s input. I look forward to working on further initiatives offering equal opportunity to all players, such as doubles promotion and fan engagement.”
The Ontarian was elected to the eight-member Council in August and serves with fellow players Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Johanna Konta.
Sylvain Bruneau, who coaches Bianca Andreescu, was nominated for the WTA Coach of the Year Award along with Craig Tyzzer (Ashleigh Barty) and Torben Beltz (Donna Vekic).
He got his first coaching job at 19 and never looked back!
Get to know 2019 WTA coach of the year nominee, Sylvain Bruneau. pic.twitter.com/sMoLOEKHiS
— WTA (@WTA) December 6, 2019
Though the award ultimately went to Tyzzer, the nomination was a tremendous honour for Bruneau, who led Andreescu to her first three WTA titles, including a Grand Slam crown.
Congratulations to Gabriela Dabrowski and Sylvain Bruneau. We can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for Canadian tennis!