Federer, Blake, Nishikori Collect ATP Awards Handed Out in Miami
by Staff | March 25th, 2009, 3:12 pm
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Roger Federer continues to shine as the fairest and most popular player on the ATP World Tour after the 2008 ATP World Tour Awards were announced in Miami today. Fellow players voted Federer the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a record fifth consecutive year. Only Edberg himself won the award five times (over eight years). And in a poll of fans, Federer for the sixth consecutive year was voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite.


Of his dual honors, Federer said: “It is great to receive two more awards. It is always important for me to be a good sportsman on the court and give the right example for others to follow and hopefully inspire the next generation. It also means the world to me to be the fans’ favorite player for the sixth year in a row. The support I receive from the fans around the world is so motivating and it is humbling to receive this award once again.”

ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal and ATP World Tour Doubles Team Champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic were announced as the Player of the Year and Doubles Team of the Year respectively.

James Blake won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award for his many charitable efforts, including several fundraising initiatives for cancer research.

The full list of 2008 ATP Awards winners:

Player Of The Year
Rafael Nadal: The Mallorca native became the first left-hander to finish No. 1 since John McEnroe in 1984, in addition to becoming the first Spaniard to end the season ATP World Tour Champion as the world’s top player in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Nadal became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles in the same year. He led the ATP World Tour season with eight titles in 10 finals, 82 match wins, most matches (93) played and a 17-6 mark against Top 10 opponents. He also helped Spain to the Davis Cup title by winning all three of his matches during the year. He advanced to the semi-finals or better in all four Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in his career.

Doubles Team Of The Year
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic: The first-year team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic took time to get into full gear in 2008, going 10 tournaments before winning their first title in Hamburg. But once they gathered momentum, there was no stopping the big-serving Canadian-Serbian combination. Zimonjic and Nestor went on a tear in the middle of the season, reaching the Roland Garros final, and winning titles at London/Queen’s, Wimbledon and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto in four consecutive appearances after the Hamburg triumph. In a dramatic conclusion to the season the team defeated Bob and Mike Bryan in the Tennis Masters Cup final in a match that decided which team was crowned ATP World Tour Doubles Team Champions.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year
James Blake: In the summer of 2008, James Blake announced the creation of the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, with the goal of raising $1 million for cancer research within 12 months. Important fundraising initiatives include his tennis charity exhibition Anthem LIVE! and the J-Block merchandise program. Blake also helps to raise funds for the Harlem Junior Tennis Program and hosts the organization’s annual fundraising event each year.

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the four-time ATP World Tour Champion the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a record fifth consecutive year. Edberg is the only other player to have won the award five times (over eight years).

Most Improved
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (No. 43 to No. 6): The top Frenchman broke into the Top 10 with two titles, including his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 shield in Paris. He made an impressive showing at the year’s first Grand Slam, upsetting No. 9 Murray, No. 8 Gasquet and No. 2 Rafael Nadal before falling to No. 3 Djokovic in the Australian Open final. The 23 year old missed three months of the season after undergoing right knee surgery in May, but compiled a 16-4 record upon his return. He won his first ATP World Tour title in Bangkok (d. Djokovic), and beat three Top 10 opponents — Djokovic, Roddick and Nalbandian — to win the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris and clinch a Tennis Masters Cup berth. Tsonga won 20 more matches than the previous season, best among the Top 10.

Newcomer of the Year
Kei Nishikori (No. 281 to No. 63): The Japanese teenager won his first ATP World Tour title and moved up 200 South African Airways Rankings spots to finish as the youngest player in the year-end Top 100. He became the first Japanese player to finish in the Top 100 since Matsuoka in 1995 (No. 57). Nishikori qualified into his sixth career ATP World Tour event in Delray Beach and defeated four straight Americans — Delic, Reynolds, Querrey (saved 4 M.P) and No. 12 Blake — to become the youngest ATP World Tour title winner at 18 years and 1 month of age since Lleyton Hewitt won in 1998 at Adelaide. Afterwards, he jumped from No. 244 to No. 131. He continued his rise up the rankings following the US Open, moving up 45 spots to No. 81 after reaching the fourth round. He posted his first win over a Top 10 player by defeating No. 4 Ferrer in the third round. He finished the season with a third round showing in Tokyo and semi-final at Stockholm.

Comeback Player of the Year
Rainer Schuettler (No. 155 in Jul. ’07 to No. 30): The No. 2 German (behind Kohlschreiber) improved more than 100 South African Airways Ranking positions to finish in the year-end Top 30 for just the second time. Hampered by a knee injury and mononucleosis, former World No. 5 Schuettler had fallen outside the Top 50 the past three years. After a 4-13 start to the 2008 ATP World Tour season, the 32 year old broke through to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon — his best Grand Slam result since a runner-up effort at the 2003 Australian Open. He finished the season with a 17-10 mark, highlighted by quarter-finals or better in four of his last six tournaments. He reached the semi-finals at Beijing and the quarter-finals at Tokyo, Stockholm and St. Petersburg.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite (Singles)
Roger Federer: Admired for his work on and off the court, Roger Federer continues to be admired by millions of fans around the world, who have voted the four-time ATP World Tour Champion the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite for a record sixth consecutive year. Federer received 26.6 percent of all votes, followed by Rafael Nadal (22.8%), Novak Djokovic (7.8%) and Fernando Gonzalez (6.2%).

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite (Doubles)
Bob & Mike Bryan: Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan were voted the most popular doubles team in the world for the fourth straight year. The Bryans received 27.8 percent of votes to finish ahead of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic (16%), Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles (11.4%) and Jonas Bjorkman and Kevin Ullyett (9.7%).

Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award
Alan Trengove: Melbourne-based journalist Alan Trengove has covered tennis for more than 50 years and has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading tennis writers. Trengove founded Australian Tennis Magazine in 1976 and has written several tennis books during his distinguished career.
– ATP


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39 Comments for Federer, Blake, Nishikori Collect ATP Awards Handed Out in Miami

fedster Says:

HA HA HA!!!!!!!!! FED’S DONE IT AGAIN! Now again some Fed haters would enter with their lame excuses. Lol! Where’s bulla and Nadal’s the GOAT?


fedster Says:

CONGRATS TO ZOLA AND EZORRA! Congrats to other Nadal fans too! THREE CHEERS FOR TSONGA TOO ! Tsonga’s such an amazing player!


Dave B Says:

They should have given Fox Sports an award for worst television coverage of a tennis tournament (Indian Wells).


Von Says:

And Gimelstob should have been nominated for, and won the award, as the worst slob/commentator.


anna Says:

Oh Yeah! Roger did it again! yeah! deserved, totally.


jane Says:

I’m a little surprised they picked Tsonga as most improved; Murray also reached a grand slam final and from Wimbledon on was a dominant force at all of the events. I think JMDP was a good candidate, as was Simon, but this was really between Murray and Tsonga, since they both won Masters Series events (Murray in Cincy and Tsonga in Paris) and since they both got to a grand slam final. I wonder if they thought that because Tsonga was injured there is no telling how well he’d've done? I just wonder how they picked him over Murray; it’d certainly be close.


Giner Says:

Tsonga started the season as more of an outsider than Murray. Less was expected of him. And his ranking was most likely lower than Murray’s was at the beginning.

I think JMDP, Cilic and Simon deserve a mention somewhere.

Nadal’s 04 season had just one title: Sopot. His 05 season had 11, including a slam and 4 masters and finished #2. I’m not sure if he even won Most Improved player that year.

The award favours the less known players over those facing great expectations.


Ezorra Says:

Congrats to you too Fedster! Federer’s achievements all this while is no doubt a phenomenal for millions of tennis fans and of course his fans!

Happy to know that Nadal won Player of the Year too!


tenisbebe Says:

Jane says: “I’m a little surprised they picked Tsonga as most improved; Murray also reached a grand slam final and from Wimbledon on was a dominant force at all of the events…..I just wonder how they picked him over Murray; it’d certainly be close.” Jane, maybe the overriding factor was number of spots Tsonga moved up vs Murray, combined with the fact that he missed RG & Wimbledon.


jane Says:

it could be tenisbebe; I’d be curious to know though.

Giner, Djoko won most improved for two years in a row, in 06 and 07, and I didn’t think the ranking climb was that huge in 07 (maybe it was?), but I’d assume by 07 people were expecting a few things from him. Maybe it’s because he reach the semis (or better) of every Grand Slam except AO that year? Anyhow, maybe you’re right, that it features the lesser known players? Just so you know, both JMDP and Simon were also nominated so they did get “a mention.”


Giner Says:

Temnisbebe: Rankings climb alone isn’t enough to decide it. They also have to consider where they finished off. A player can very easily jump 400 spots from 600 to 200 by winning one challenger, or a couple of rounds at a slam.

Someone who finished in the top 10 or 20 while jumping 50 spots would have a better chance than someone jumping 400 spots but still needing to qualify to get into events.

My guess is it’s a combination of the factors I mentioned and up to discretion.

Now I’m really curious to know who won it for the 05 season (announced in 06).


Nadal is the GOAT Says:

Federina winning the Best Sportsmanship Award is a complete joke. Roger “Sir Smug” Federina is the most arrogant player to have ever stepped on the court. This award just shows how much assistance he has always received from the ATP like easier draws and better schedules during Grand Slams.


tenisbebe Says:

Nadal is the GOAT Says:

“Federina winning the Best Sportsmanship Award is a complete joke. Roger “Sir Smug” Federina is the most arrogant player to have ever stepped on the court.” The Best Sportsmanship Awarded is decided in votes by THE PLAYERS! I suppose, touring with, interacting with & playing against someone throughout a very long season year after year (a co-worker so to speak) is not a sufficient enough for someone to make a judgment for an award? And also, in your opinion, these players that voted for him are idiots, having had the wool pulled over their eyes? Who is being an arrogant fool? The answer is clear.

“This award just shows how much assistance he has always received from the ATP like easier draws and better schedules during Grand Slams.” I think you need to do some research as to how tournaments are run and how draws are determined because, to say the least, your ignorance is showing.


Nadal is NOT the GOAT Says:

Period.


tenisbebe Says:

Giner: Yes I agree that it’s a combination of factors that determines the winner; however, in my comments to Jane regarding the number of ranking spots a player moved up from the start of ’08 to the end of the year, I referring specifically to the “tie” between Tsonga & Murray for the distinction of “Most Improved Player of 2008″. As she mentioned in her post of 8:59pm, although Simon & JMDP were also nominated, “this was really between Murray and Tsonga, since they both won Masters Series events (Murray in Cincy and Tsonga in Paris) and since they both got to a grand slam final.” I was speculating that the number of spots Tsonga moved up in 2008 vs Murray could have been the overriding factor that won him the award.


zola Says:

fedster
Thanks and same here, congratulations to you and all Fed fans.

I agree with Jane. I would have gone with Murray too. It would be nice if they say how they choose the awardees.


Von Says:

tenisbebe: I’d hazard a guess that they made their decision on the amount of time Tsonga played for the year, and took into consideration that had he played for the same duration of time as Murray he probably would have won more titles.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – yes , that certainly had to enter their minds (as it has ours). Can you imagine the year he would have had without the extended injury break? Food for thought.

FYI – I don’t think live streaming for events begins until the ATP website sponsored “TennisTV” starts streaming – I’ve noticed with other tournaments that the start dates coincide. That said, TennisTV begins streaming Saturday – it’s probably a camera equipment thing so we probably won’t see anything on the net til then but PLEASE let me know if you find a link before then & I will do likewise. As for our Roddick talk, I have been a little busy this week but will try to post something to you tomorrow on the “Backhand…” thread. Sound good?


Von Says:

tenisbebe: Yes, had it not been for Tsonga’s injuries in ’08 he would have had a terrific year.

You’re right about the live streaming coinciding. i saw on the ATP website they won’t begin streaming until Saturday. I think they use the same feeds. TV coverage on dreadful FSN will also begin on Saturday. I don’t expect much from them. one saving grace for the SFs and finals they’ll be shown on CBS, which BTW is nothing much to rave about, but they’re better than FSN. I vaguely remember last year there was a problem with CBS cutting out before the match ended. Tennis gets no respect!

Re: Our Roddick talk, please do so at your convenience. I mentioned the post because I didn’t want you to think I didn’t answer.

I’m watching Figure Skating on live streaming. I cam across it quite by accident looking for tennis streaming. That’s another sport that’s ignored as well. ESPN only shows the final events and its in bits and pieces which takes away from the enjoyment of the sport. I suppose the only way to see all of these sports is to travel, but it’s even worse for me, I don’t like crowds, and also don’t relish sitting on those hard seats.


tenisbebe Says:

Von: OK – I’ll respond to you re: Roddick when I have a chance to take a deep breathe, pour myself a glass of wine & put my thought together (hopefully when you are on line as well).

I was a huge figure skating fan in years past but as you say, it’s difficult to find broadcasts other than World’s – I don’t even know who the contenders are any longer (besides Kimmie). I was shocked when watching an event this winter when visiting my mother at seeing all the top Chinese skaters – she informed me that I was out-of-touch with the sport as the Chinese have been dominating for the past few years. Oh well, only have time for tennis these days anyway. Enjoy the skating!


fedster Says:

‘Nadal is the GOAT’ is again frustrated! He just cannot believe how much Federer’s liked! G


fedster Says:

‘Nadal is the GOAT’ is again frustrated! He just cannot believe how much Federer’s liked by his fellow players; even Rafa, his greatest nemesis, his greatest rival, is a friend of him! Fed and Rafa both respect each other. It’s only a fool like you… ‘Nadal is the GOAT’…. who won’t accept it! Go man go, put your head in a stink to clean it up coz your mind is so dirty that your thinking has been blocked and you can’t realise anything !!!!


Nadal is the GOAT Says:

Anyone who has ever listened to or read one Federer’s interviews after he has been beaten would agree that he is by far the most arrogant and disrespectful player. Of course, if you are a Fedtard, you wouldn’t be able to see the obvious.

Remember what Sir Smug said after being beaten by Murray? When he was asked about his 6-2 losing record he said “I think Murray is playing well AT THE MOMENT”. The same thing about Nadal. He always says Nadal is the world no. 1 “AT THE MOMENT”. This clearly shows he believes he owns the world no. 1 status. Which obviously he doesn’t and in fact he never deserved to be world no. 1 except that he was playing in an era when there was no competition.


fedster Says:

Zola: You think that Fed’s always arrogant but the same is not truth. Arrogance crept into his personality only around 2007 and before that he was definitely ‘THE GRACEFUL’ guy. As I have said it before, I repeat it again that don’t expect Fed to bow down to Rafa or say (or even think of!) Rafa/any other younger guy for that matter as a superior player. Fed’s earned every right to speak boldly and even with some amount of disdain about the other players. I don’t think that Rafa’d speak too highly of any future player who comes and defeats him continuously and is 4/5/6 years younger to him if Rafa by that time had won 12 or more slams. So DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY ! :-)


Shan Says:

Nadal is the GOAT:
The whole world got it wrong I guess eh? Those Fedtards must be the greatest conspiracy theorists around…

“Fellow players voted Federer the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award”

Yep, all those pro tennis players on the circuit day in and day out who meet each other in and out of the locker room must have gotten it wrong again…shame on them, you must know something they don’t!


fedster Says:

“Nadal is the GOAT:
The whole world got it wrong I guess eh? Those Fedtards must be the greatest conspiracy theorists around…

“Fellow players voted Federer the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award”

Yep, all those pro tennis players on the circuit day in and day out who meet each other in and out of the locker room must have gotten it wrong again…shame on them, you must know something they don’t!”

WELL SAID SHAN !


MMT Says:

I agree that Murray was as deserving of the award as Tsonga, but I think Tsonga’s change in ranking really did the trick – going from outside the top 35 to #6 is a huge step for a guy who was out half the year with injuries.

And Giner, Nadal did win Most Improved in 2005. But you do make a very good point – in 1974 Jimmy Connors won all the slams he entered and finished the year #1, you know who was voted most improved? Guillermo Vilas.

Huh?

After finishing 1998 ranked #6, Andre Agassi made 3 of 4 grand slam finals winning 2 of them and reclaimed the #1 ranking for the first and only time in his career. You know who was voted most improved? Nicolas Lapenti.

What?

It’s true Agassi had been voted most improved the year before, but there’s no rule against winning it 2 years in a row as Djokovic showed in 2006 and 2007.

If the award is some kind of consolation prize or congeniality thing then they should just stop handing it out right now. In this case, I think a case can be made for either Tsonga or Murray.


jane Says:

MMT – Where does one find list of past award winners? Or maybe you have this all stored in your seemingly endless mental files of tennis history? Anyhow, I wouldn’t mind taking a look down memory lane if you know of a link or a website where I could find that information. Cheers.


MMT Says:

Jane: I’m much dumber than I look – I got the ATP awards info from Wikipedia. There are some shocking names on that list, by the way.

For H2H stats and match records I go straight to the sources, the ATP site and the Davis Cup site.

For vignettes and little trinkets and (in my opinion) the best sports writing on tennis, I tap the SI Vault.

But the stuff in my head is in my head from books, commentary I remember, and matches I remember seeing. I used to watch tennis religiously when I was a kid, and I loved hearing about records and the former great players. That helps when I’m looking something up.

For example, the other night I was watching the BJK exhibition on HBO with my father and they were talking about how Venus tilts her head to the left too much on her second serve, then McEnroe started talking about a guy from New Zealand who used to keep a shoe-lace in his mouth and tie it to the right side of his shirt/sleeve/shoulder to keep his head up on his serve. Apprently when McEnroe saw this he thought he would win easily, and of course he lost. We laughted pretty hard about it, but then we were curious – what was that guy’s name again?

My father doesn’t have a DVR.

Now, the only things I know about New Zealand tennis is that they used to play as a combined team with Australia called Australasia for the first 20 years of the Davis Cup, that Chris Lewis (a kiwi) lost to McEnroe in the Wimbledon final of 1983 and that Bjorn Borg played and won his first Davis Cup rubber against New Zealand in 1972 when he was 15, so I went to the DC site and found that his victim was a guy named Onny Parun.

Bingo.

Then I returned to the ATP site and did a head to head between McEnroe and Onny Parun, and sure enough McEnroe lost their one and only match in 1976, and when I watched it again when I got home (I have a DVR) that’s the guy McEnroe was talking about.

Easy as you like!


sar Says:

Bravo Nestor and Zimonjic!!


sar Says:

Von I agree. Gimelstob wins award for worst tennis player and even worse commentator.

Robbie Koenig if you are reading this, please tell Doug Adler if he doesn’t tone it down with the Djokovic hate he will have lots of TC cancellations.


FoT Says:

I guess the ATP have the dumbest players in the entire world, huh? After all, surely they would get the point that many fans say Roger is arrogant and would not vote him Sportsman of the Year again! Surely after 5 consecutive years they would have learned their lesson, huh? lol!

Congratulations Roger on your well-deserved awards.

OH, and congratulations on all the other winners too.


Leowin D. Gempes Says:

The way Nadal is playing today There is no way for Federer to dis lodge him as # 1 ” NO WAY ” so those loyal fans of Federer instead should pray that he will not be overtaken by either Djokovic or Murray as world’s # 2 . Federer’s day is ” GONE ” he should have retired when when he was still world’s #1 as what Sampras did !!!!! You should quit while you’re on the top !!!!!!


bobby Says:

NADAL HAS GOT THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD.CONGATULATIONS.I WISH HE WILL GET THIS AWARD FOR NEXT 8-10 YEARS.VAMOS RAFA!


fedster Says:

Keep dreaming bobby!


fedster Says:

Welcome back FoT, it’s so great to see you here again!


zola Says:

fedster,
There were players like Youzhny, blake and Berdych who beat Rafa on the hard courts continuously and he always complemented them.

But we are not talking about Rafa. you don’t need to justify what fed does by trying to speculate on Rafa’s behavior.

your post actually covers many things;

*****
Arrogance crept into his personality only around 2007 and before that he was definitely ‘THE GRACEFUL’ guy.

As I have said it before, I repeat it again that don’t expect Fed to bow down to Rafa or say (or even think of!) Rafa/any other younger guy for that matter as a superior player.

Fed’s earned every right to speak boldly and even with some amount of *disdain* about the other players.
**********

and i am happy to leave the subject here.


zola Says:

Bobby
Rafa was the best player of 2008 by far and he deserved the award. I hope he can achieve as much or better in 2009.

Vamos Rafa!


aisha yue Says:

congratz Fed. And guys, stop quarelling about who is arrogant or what… Federer is not arrogant as you say, just a fine champion who won almost everything. Almost, okay? And if he is an arrogant one, his fellow players won’t vote for him for 6 consecutive years. I think those players know him more than us, right? And as you say, they are the same players who Federer talked about and made comments on… And I don’t think they’re dumb to vote for someone they felt insulted by. Period.And Pardon my english.

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