José Higueras, who has worked with great ATP Tour players such as Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Roger Federer and Michael Chang during his coaching career, has been honored with the Tim Gullikson Coaching Career Award at the 2023 ATP Awards.
He accompanied Chang on his way to the Roland Garros title in 1989, when the American was 17 years old, and also worked with the Americans Jennifer Capriati and Mary Joe Fernandez.
The 70-year-old Spaniard, who was also part of the USTA Player Development department, has been chosen as the third winner of this award, following in the footsteps of Australians Tony Roche (2019) and Bob Brett (2020). The award-winner brings together values of excellence, leadership, respect and true love for the sport of tennis and the art of training.
Named in honor of the late Tim Gullikson, the award recognizes someone who has inspired generations of young players and fellow coaches to grow the game of tennis.
Higueras, who reached No. 6 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as a player, won 16 ATP titles and reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in both 1982 and 1983. He also received the ATP Sportsmanship Award in 1983.