London | LTWA honour Jo Konta and Alan Jones
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British tennis celebrated the achievements of both Jo Konta and Alan Jones at the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association’s annual lunch which this year was held at the Roehampton Tennis Club.
In what was the LTWA’s 66th annual ‘get together’ the British No.1 received the associations’ award for ‘services to British tennis’ following her year when she won the Miami Open and rose to No.4 in the world rankings. She has also been included in the BBC’s shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.
Unfortunately, a dip in her form saw her just lose out on a place in the WTA Championship Singapore subsequently resulting in her parting company with her coach, Wim Fisette and she has yet to announce a replacement though it is widely rumoured that Michael Joyce, who has just parted company with Victoria Azarenaka, might well get the nod. Earlier in his career, Joyce also coached Maria Sharapova.
Alan Jones, best known for being Jo Durie’s coach, received a Special Award from the LTWA to mark his 50 years of performance coaching and the great contribution he has individually made to the home game during that time.
Both awards were made by the Chairman of the LTWA, Barry Flatman of the Sunday Times.