Former World No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez says she never dreamed of having a career like she did and is very proud of the fact that she became the World No. 1 in singles and doubles. The Spaniard was speaking after being recognised by the ITF with the Fed Cup Commitment Award at the La Manga Club during the Fed Cup tie this weekend where Spain defeated Japan 3-1.
Sanchez commented, "I am very satisfied and grateful that they have thought of me after such a long time and in a competition that brings me so many good memories and in which I have had so many successes. When I was little I didn't think about having a career like the one I had and I am satisfied and proud of it.
I became number one singles and doubles and I had a successful career, but above all I still have the affection of the public, which I felt from even before being professional and I always had that support wherever I played.
La Manga Club is like my second home because here I won the Spanish Championship and also played in the Federation Cup." Sanchez was part of the Fed Cup winning team for Spain on five occasions and later also became the captain of the Spanish team.
The Spaniard won four Grand Slam titles in the singles category - Roland Garros in 1989, 1994 and 1998 and the US Open in 1994-, plus six in women's doubles and four in mixed doubles. Besides winning the Federation Cup on five occasions (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998), she also helped Spain win the Hopman Cup on two occasions (1990 and 2002) - and she won the individual bronze and silver doubles medal in the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992 and the singles silver and bronze doubles in Atlanta 1996 .
Sanchez Vicario, who resides in the United States now with her two children, also commented, "I want to wish the best to the Spanish team of the Federation Cup and hope that this trophy returns home with the new generations of tennis players we have. I remain linked to the world of tennis from the outside on different topics related to this sport."