Saturday, November 20, 2010

2010 World Tour Awards

Just a day before the best tennis players in the world congregate in London for the ATP World Tour Final, the recipients of this year's ATP World Tour Awards were announced.

As already determined by the rankings a few weeks ago, Rafael Nadal wins the ATP World Tour No. 1 for ending the year at the top spot after a glorious season that saw him winning three of the four Grand Slams and achieving a career Grand Slam after winning in New York. Bob and Mike Bryan, with a monstrous 11-0 in finals this year, were awarded the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team.

Nadal also picked up for the first time the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award which is voted on by his fellow ATP players. He breaks the impressive streak of Roger Federer who had won this award six consecutive times. Don't fret for Federer though since for the eight consecutive time, fans around the world voted him the Fans' Favourite. He was followed close behind by Nadal. Both garnered a staggering 89% of the vote. The Bryans Brother claimed the equivalent doubles' award.

Doubles sensation Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi, dubbed the "Indo-Pak Express," took home the Arthur Ashe Humaninatarian of the Year. Robin Haase wins Comeback Player of the Year ending the year within the Top 60 after falling precipitously to 450 last year. Andrey Golubev received the Most Improved Player of the Year while 24-year old Tobias Kamle, who reached the third round at this year's Wimbledon, wins Newcomer of the Year.

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