The United States Backgammon Federation has honored tennis star Ana Ivanovic by giving her honorary lifetime membership for her contribution to the promotion of the game. Ivanovic frequently mentioned the game in media interviews and blogs.
"Ana’s enthusiasm for backgammon will be beneficial to the advancement of the game. We are excited to welcome her to the Federation as an honorary member," said USBGF President Perry Gartner.
"I’m flattered and grateful to receive this honorary membership," the former world No.1 Ivanovic said after welcoming the honor. "I don’t play so much these days, but when I was younger I used to play a lot with my old coach in player lounges around the world. It was a good way to pass time while waiting for my matches, especially at Wimbledon, when it rained!" (source: On the Baseline, photo: © Neal Trousdale)