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Sunday, 2 December, 2001, 12:06 GMT
ITF opt for Hewitt and Capriati
Lleyton Hewitt hits a return during the Davis Cup final
The award caps Hewitt's amazing year
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Jennifer Capriati of the United States have been chosen as tennis's world champions for 2001 by the International Tennis Federation.

ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti confirmed the decision on Sunday, although the official announcement is not until next week.

The award is decided by a panel of ITF judges who take into account player performances in major tournaments, including the Grand Slams and teams events such as Davis Cup and Fed Cup.

Jennifer Capriati
Capriati is a surprise choice
Hewitt was an obvious selection for the men's award after winning the US Open and then finishing the year as the youngest world number one in history.

Capriati was a less obvious choice. The American won the Australian and French Open titles but finished the year ranked second behind Lindsay Davenport.

Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Australia's Todd Woodbridge were chosen as the men's doubles champions.

The United States' Lisa Raymond and her regular partner, Australia's Rennae Stubbs, won the women's award.

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