Baudinet has been awarded the Davis Cup Commitment Award for outstanding services to the game of tennis by playing 50 Davis Cup competition matches, making him the only Pacific Oceania player ever to have reached that achievement.
He achieved the milestone at the 2017 Davis Cup, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in July.
The Davis Cup is the top tennis team’s competition worldwide, and Baudinet has been representing the Cook Islands in the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup team for 14 years.
He first played in Colombo against Qatar in February 2000, and has also played in New Zealand, Australia, and many more countries from Bahrain to Vietnam, including war-torn Iran in 2016.
The Pacific Oceania Team plays in group three alongside teams such as Hong Kong, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkmenistan, and United Arab Emirates.
At the end of this year, it is expected Baudinet’s name will be added to the Davis Cup Commitment Award Honour Board, which is displayed at the International Tennis Federation Office in London next to the Davis Cup Trophy. His player profile page on the Davis Cup website is now marked with the Davis Cup Commitment Award crest.
Baudinet was understandably ecstatic about his achievement.
“I could not have asked for a better way to complete my 50th tie with a win in our deciding doubles match which retained the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup Team in group three for next year,” Baudinet said.
“This is one of my proudest achievements in my tennis lifetime of representing our beautiful nation around the world.
“To know my name will be added to the hall of fame at the International Tennis Federation’s headquarters in London for Davis Cup Commitment next to the greats like Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer … I’m speechless, I couldn’t be prouder.
“It only took 14 years, and at my age of 35, I’m proud to still be playing at a competitive level in the world group of tennis.
“I owe a lot of gratitude to my country’s support over the years, Tennis Cook Islands, and of course my family.
“It’s an absolute honour to represent our little paradise on a world level, and I plan to do so for as long as I can.”