Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 ATP World Tour Awards

The stage is set for the ATP's final tournament with the eight best players in the world which begins tomorrow in London. Today, however, the focus is one the winners of this year's ATP World Tour Awards.

As already expected after his insanely amazing year, Novak Djokovic wins the ATP World Tour No. 1 by virtue of him ending the year for the first time at that top spot and confirming his status as the de factor Player of the Year. His incredible year saw him win 10 titles including three Grand Slams and a record five Masters titles. He also has only lost four times this year, but undoubtedly his greatest accomplishment this year was meeting Sarah Michelle Gellar after his US Open win. Bob and Mike Bryan win the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team after winning eight titles including the Australian Open and Wimbledon. They also are the Fans' Favourite Doubles Team for the seventh consecutive time as voted on by the fans.

Now ranked no. 4, Roger Federer edged out Djokovic and others in two awards he has dominated in the past. He wins the Fans' Favourite Singles Player for the record ninth consecutive times showing just how large and loyal his fanbase is despite having yet another "not so great" year. The other award is the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award voted on by players showing just how admired he is by his peers even if from time to time his words gets the best of him. For his part, Rafael Nadal took home the admirable Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for his work on his own Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Juan Martin Del Potro takes home the Comeback Player of the Year after he suffered a wrist injury last year that cratered his rankings to nearly outside the top 500 in the world. He has since reached the no. 11 ranking. Canadian sensation Milos Raonic who reached the fourth round of the Australian Open this year as a qualifier receives the Newcomer of the Year while Alex Bogomolov Jr. gets the Most Improved Player of the Year after winning more matches this year than he has in prior seasons in total and reaching the third rounds of Wimbledon and the US Open. Both players will end the year inside the top 35.

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