Current world number three and defending champion David Ferrer has been recognised for his dedication and commitment to the Heineken Open tournament in Auckland.
This is Ferrer's 10th time at the tournament which he has won four times, including the last three years.
There was a special presentation of a Maori Manaia from Aotearoa Maori Tennis, along with a Powhiri and although the world No 3 appeared slightly confused by some of the Maori rituals, he enjoyed the experience and gave a speech about how much the tournament meant to him.
Ferrer will start the defence of his title when he plays the young American Donald Young.
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