Nadal Wins No. 1, Sportsmanship Award; Federer Named ATP Fan Favorite
The honors for World No. 1 Rafael Nadal continued to pile up on Saturday. Just a day before the start of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the ATP announced it’s 2010 tour awards.
Not surprisingly, Nadal walked away with the No. 1 honors, and he also collected the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, for the game’s which was voted on by his fellow players.
Chief rival Roger Federer had been the Edberg winner the last six years. But the Swiss wasn’t empty handed. Based on voting at atptennis.com, Federer pocketed the Fans’ Favorite beating Nadal 47% to the Spaniard’s 42%.
The Bryans, Bob and Mike, took home top doubles honors. Tobias Kamke won Newcomber, Andrei Golubev collected the Most Improved Player honor and back from a knee ailment, Robin Haase earned the Comeback Award.
Here’s the full rundown of awards as released by the ATP:
2010 ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS
ATP World Tour No. 1 (based on South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings)
Rafael Nadal: The Spaniard won seven titles, including three Grand Slam crowns in a row (Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open). At 24 years, 3 months, he became the youngest man in the Open Era and seventh man overall to complete a career Grand Slam with his first title in Flushing Meadows. He also became the first player to win three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay court titles (Monte-Carlo, Rome, Madrid) in the same season. He is the all-time leader with 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He compiled a 67-9 match record, his fourth straight season with at least 65 match wins.
ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team (based on year-end 2010 ATP Doubles Team Rankings)
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan: The American twins finished as ATP World Tour Doubles No. 1 for a record sixth time in eight years (2003, ’05-07, ’09-10), compiling an 11-0 finals record. Their titles included the Australian Open, US Open and four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (Rome, Madrid, Toronto, Cincinnati). They have won at least five titles in nine straight seasons. The Bryans broke Aussie Hall of Famers Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde’s team record of 61 titles by winning in Los Angeles on Aug. 1. They have a career record of 67-38 in finals.
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted by ATP players)
Rafael Nadal: Fellow players voted the Mallorca resident as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the first time, breaking Roger Federer’s mark of six in a row.
Most Improved Player of the Year (voted by ATP World Tour players)
Andrey Golubev: The 23-year-old from Kazakhstan climbed from No. 133 in 2009 to a career-high No. 33 on Oct. 4, highlighted by a personal-high 24 match wins. He captured his first career ATP World Tour title in Hamburg without dropping a set. He defeated World No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko for his first Top 10 win along the way before beating Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the final. He also advanced to the final in Kuala Lumpur in October (l. to Youzhny), defeating No. 5 Robin Soderling and then No. 11 David Ferrer en route.
Newcomer of the Year (voted by ATP World Tour players)
Tobias Kamke: The 24-year-old German made one of the biggest ranking jumps into the Top 75, from No. 254 in 2009 to No. 67. He compiled an outstanding 35-16 Challenger record and two titles. He turned in a Grand Slam-best third round showing at Wimbledon and overall won seven matches on the ATP World Tour. Prior to 2010 he never won a main draw match on tour. He is the third German to earn this award since 2004.
Comeback Player of the Year (voted by ATP World Tour players)
Robin Haase: The 23-year-old Dutchman made a ranking jump of 392 positions from 2009, climbing from No. 451 to a season-best No. 59. He won nine ATP World Tour level matches, highlighted by a quarter-final showing in Basel. He also was 32-8 in Challenger level play with five titles. He underwent right knee surgery in July 2008 and again in May 2009.
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi: The “Indo-Pak Express” are goodwill ambassadors on and off the court. They are seeking to build a bridge of friendship between their respective countries with their motto ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’. Qureshi was recently named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.
ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by RICOH (Singles)
Roger Federer: The Swiss, who is admired for his work on and off the court, continues to be a fan favourite by millions of fans around the world, who have voted him as ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by RICOH for a record eighth consecutive year. Federer received 47 per cent of all votes, followed by Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite (Doubles)
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan: Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan were voted the most popular doubles team on the ATP World Tour for the sixth straight year. The Bryans received 44 per cent of votes to finish ahead of Nestor-Zimonjic and Bopanna-Qureshi.
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