ITHF Honors Spain's Juan Maria Tintore with Golden Achievement Award
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05/05/08 - Newport, RI--The International Tennis Hall of Fame has announced that Juan Maria Tintore, President of the Real Club De Tenis Barcelona - 1899, is the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Golden Achievement Award. The Golden Achievement Award is given by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and presented annually on a worldwide basis to individuals who have made important contributions to tennis in the fields of administration, promotion or education, and have devoted long and outstanding service to the sport.
Presentation of this year’s Golden Achievement Award was made on Saturday, May 3 in Barcelona, Spain, at the Village of the International Tournament Open Sabadell Atlantico Trofeo Conde de Godó. (The Open Sabadell Atlantico is the ATP tournament held in Barcelona, April 28-May 4).
2007 Hall of Famer Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario presented the Golden Achievement Award to Tintore. Joining in the award presentation were Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF); Juan Margets, Executive Vice President of the ITF; Juan Antonio Samaranch, former President of the International Olympic Committee; Pedro Munoz, President of the Spanish Tennis Federation; Josep Oliu, President Banco Sabadell; Sir James Harvie-Watt, Chairman of the Hall of Fame’s International Council and member of the Executive Committee; Pablo Llorens Reñaga, Spain’s 2001 Golden Achievement Award recipient; and last year’s Golden Achievement Award recipient, Nancy P. Jeffett of the United States.
Juan Maria Tintore, 81, has been the President of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona - 1899 since 1993, after serving three years as a board member. With an extensive career in tennis administration, Tintore was the Spanish delegate for the International Tennis Federation 1977-1984 and again in 1994-2002. Under the Spanish Tennis Federation, he served as Vice President and Treasurer 1974-1985. In 1994 he continued his service as a member of the board, President of the Doping Committee and as a representative of the International Council of Spain. He has also been actively involved with the International Lawn Tennis Club de España since 1982 and has served as a Council member of the Executive Committee and President of the Activities Committee.
He has been involved with the European Tennis Association for over 25 years - Veterans Committee Co-Chairman 1981-82; Member of the Committee of Management 1981-1990; President of Special Matters (Doping, European Champions Club Cup Committee, Davis Cup European Zone) 1984-1989; Honorary Auditor 1990-2005; and in 2005 he became an Honorary Life Counselor. In 1996, he founded and currently presides over the CTC - the Centenary Tennis Clubs Association. In 2002 he joined the International Council of the International Tennis Hall of Fame where he resides as an active member.
A successful Textile Engineer, Tintore resides in Barcelona with his wife, six children and seventeen grandchildren.
Past recipients of the Golden Achievement Award are: Brian Tobin of Australia (1999); Gil de Kermadec of France (2000); Pablo Llorens Reñaga of Spain (2001); Enrique Morea of Argentina (2002); J. Howard “Bumpy” Frazer of the United States (2003); John Curry of Great Britain (2004); Eiichi Kawatei of Japan (2005); James R. Cochrane of Great Britain (2006); and Nancy P. Jeffett of the United States (2007).
Nominations for the Golden Achievement Award are submitted by tennis federations and individuals from around the world, and then voted on by the Golden Achievement Award Selection Committee. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.