It was called European Champions’ Championship and from 1986 was renamed to European Community Championship (ECC). Its nickname was Golden Racquet tournament, because if a player won the tournament three times within 5-years, he or she would receive a special trophy: a life-size, 13.2-pound gold racquet studded with 1,420 diamonds.
Only one person has achieved this in the history of the Diamond Games. In 2007 Amélie Mauresmo was able to take this piece of art home with her after 2 very close sets against our very own Kim Clijsters.
In 2005 Venus Williams came very close to winning this diamond racket, which is worth € 1 million. Sadly she lost in three very close sets against the very same Amélie Mauresmo who was to take the racket 2 years later.