Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Bryans Among 2015 ATP Award Winners
by Staff | November 11th, 2015, 12:19 pm
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Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Bob and Mike Bryan have been honored in the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. While the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates Award is still to be decided between four teams, all the other award winners have been announced today.

Djokovic receives the ATP World Tour No. 1 award presented by Emirates for a second straight year and fourth time overall, following an unbroken stint at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since 7 July 2014.

Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for an 11th time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 13th straight year. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 31 ATP World Tour Awards.

The Bryan twins are the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for their off-court philanthropy with their charitable foundation, Bryan Bros, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. They also take home the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th time and remain in contention for the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates.

The 18-year-old Alexander Zverev wins the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates for being the youngest player ranked in the Top 100, while players have voted Hyeon Chung as the Most Improved Player of the Year and recognized Benoit Paire as the Comeback Player of the Year.

Players will receive their awards in on-court ceremonies at The O2 throughout the tournament week.

Writer Linda Pearce of The Age (Melbourne, Australia) is the recipient of the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award while the ATP Tournament of the Year awards will be announced in 2016.

 

2015 ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS presented by Moët & Chandon

ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Novak Djokovic: The 28-year-old Serbian has become the sixth player to clinch the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Rankings on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (six years), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (five years), Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe (four years). In 2015, Djokovic reached all four Grand Slams finals (3-1 record), eight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament finals, winning titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Shanghai and Paris. He also lifted the Beijing trophy among 14 finals. He comes to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 78-5 match record, the sixth time in eight years he’s reached at least 70 wins.

ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings)
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau, Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo, and Jamie Murray & John Peers will battle to finish as the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Bryans have won the award 10 times overall (2003, ‘05-07, ‘09-14).

ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Alexander Zverev: This category in its third year, replacing the player-voted Newcomer of the Year, is awarded to the youngest player in the Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings as of 9 November. Zverev, who began the season ranked No. 136, broke into the Top 100 on 18 May and reached a career-high No. 74 on 29 June. The 18-year-old German reached the Bastad semi-finals and the Washington, D.C. quarter-finals. He also won one ATP Challenger Tour title at Heilbronn.

Most Improved Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Hyeon Chung: The 19-year-old Korean climbed more than 120 places from No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the year, winning four titles on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2015. He also reached the Shenzhen quarter-finals and is currently at a career-high of No. 51.

Comeback Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Benoit Paire: A knee injury and long months of inactivity in 2014, saw the Frenchman drop out of the Top 150 in the Emirates ATP Rankings but in 2015 he produced a dramatic resurgence. He captured his first ATP World Tour title at Bastad in July to become the first player since Steve Darcis in 2007 to win an ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Future title in the same season. He recorded his first Top 5 win over No. 4-ranked Kei Nishikori in the US Open first round and went on to finish runner-up at Tokyo where he beat Nishikori again in the semi-finals. He is currently at a career-high No. 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship
(voted by ATP players)
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 11th time and fifth year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Kevin Anderson were also nominated in this category.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
(awarded by ATP)
Bob and Mike Bryan: The Californian twins have shown the same commitment to their off-court philanthropy, with their charitable foundation, Bryan Bros, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. The foundation’s mission is to “support and grow the dreams of children”, which it does by “identifying and supporting charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive”. Tennis is at the core of what the brothers’ foundation does, as it “promotes the ideals of sport, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance”.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles)
(voted by fans)
Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 13th straight year, receiving 65 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished in second, followed by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
(voted by fans)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Bryan twins received 35 per cent of votes to be named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th time. Australian Open champions Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini came in as the second most popular duo, followed by Jamie Murray and John Peers in third place.

Ron Bookman Media Excellence
(awarded by ATP)
Linda Pearce: The Melbourne-based sports writer covered her first Grand Slam in 1988. As the long-time chief tennis writer for The Age, she has since covered almost 50 majors, as well as four Davis Cup finals, multiple Olympic Games. She has won multiple media awards as a news and feature writer.


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126 Comments for Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Bryans Among 2015 ATP Award Winners

RZ Says:

Nice to see Benoit Paire get the comeback player of the year award after his strong play this year. Hopefully he will keep it up next year.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Congrats to all the winners….


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Novak, a truly great year and accomplishment. Happy for him and his fans that he got recognized for that. Best of the best this year.

Fed? Time to be a bad sportsman this next year and give it to somebody else. Throw your racquet, threaten an umpire, drop your drawers and moon the fans. You’ve had enough being such a model pro, time to be a bad guy for a year. Enjoy it!


jalep Says:

hahaha…skeezer. On a roll today. :D


jalep Says:

Very happy for Paire, Chung, Sascha Z., and of course, Nole!

Congrats to all.


jane Says:

a worthy bunch of tennis players methinks. congrats to the lot of them.


Chrisford1 Says:

Funny, but the WTF this year takes on higher importance for the following reasons:

1. History 101 – Between FED and Nole. Fed has the best year in tennis history, but if Nole wins and ends up making or winning the final in every major events and gets more points for the year than Roger, best year ever shifts to Djokovic.

2. History 102 – Kind of a last chance for Federer to control who wins the most WTFs ever. Djokovic has 4, Lendl and Sampras 5, and Roger 6. Should Roger win, he gets 7 and that will be tough for Djokovic to tie or beat. Should Novak win, he is in a postition to be tied with the two greats and in reasonable striking distance of Federer.

3. Perhaps nothing can salvage Rafa’s nasty 2015, but if one thing can, it would be to elevate and get the last big thing YTBD on his bucket list

4. Andy could confound everyone and win the event no one expected him to enter and play to win.

5. Nalbandian, Daveydenko -reminders that magic can happen there easier than in a Slam for a non-superstar. All you have to do is get hot for 4 matches in a row. Get out of the round robin and you just have to be hot for two matches – while the top dogs fall. Kei, Berdych, Ferru, and of course Stan who defines how tough some players can get when they fall into a zone.


jalep Says:

Ah, no congrats for Federer, CF1? What a surprise.


jalep Says:

Have you read this blog, CF1? There are many good vibes there for Rafa and his WTF chances.
http://tenngrand.com/2015/11/08/world-tour-finals-seedings-set/comment-page-2/#comments


Chrisford1 Says:

Honestly, Jalep, I think the herd mentality of the “EDBERG AWARD” only awarding it to one person since 2003 except 1 year for Nadal – is pretty bogus. When Jarko Neimennen retired, everyone said he defined to sportsmanship in tennis. Why not him? Or Tsonga? Leander Paes? Or Monfils? Or Djokovic? As if no other “most exemplary sportsman” exist in tennis but one???
You only give one pet athlete, actor, musician the award, a subjective award – for a dozen years and do not acknowledge other standouts, the award loses credibiity. The “Academy” only picks one year after year, from herd mentality or just laziness, the award means less and less.
The other awards< objective and subjective< seem to go each year based on the merits. (Except the 'ol "fan favorite" awards in tennis and other entertainment industries, which also follow the same herd mentality or laziness outcomes.)

Bryan Bros deserved the humanitarian award, Hyeong is impressive but height-challenged, Zverev is shaping up fine. And Paire as comeback player – complete no-brainer there!


jalep Says:

Has to feel good to let it out, CF1, over and over again, too, if necessary. Completely get where you are coming from.

Chung is not THAT height challenged and at 19, he could still grow…a little. I like his mentality. Sascha Z. is a bit overrated; flashy though. Paire is magnificent to watch – and he’s using the Challenger circuit in France – looking serious and ambitious.


RF Says:

Edberg is Fed’s coach. Why should they give it to anybody else ? :)


NK Says:

CF1: don’t take it out on Fed. Sportsmanship award is given by peers, and I guess they see him as a better role model than anyone else. Perhaps they should put a cap on the number of times one can win the award so others can win.


skeezer Says:

“I think the herd mentality of the “EDBERG AWARD” only awarding it to one person since 2003 except 1 year for Nadal – is pretty bogus. ”

That is because you know absolutely nothing about the player(s) ( and the players who voted ), unless you are in constant contact with them and know how they interest with each other on Tour. You in the locker room and/or interact with him personally on Tour and on the court? Doubt it.

From ATP site:

“Federer has been selected BY HIS PEERS as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for an 11th time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 13th straight year. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 31 ATP World Tour Awards.’

Careful, jealousy is showing.


Wog Boy Says:

If there is a come back player than it must be Troicki, from #800+ to #23.

I really don’t care much about those awards, but not to have Nole even nominated tells a lot about award. As long as Nole keeps winning the matches Roger can have all those awards.


Chrisford1 Says:

Skeezer – BFD
PEERS the motion picture industry and music give us year after year of the same people or shows, bands getting the same award. Yes U-2 and Michael Jackson were great in the 80s, but did not justify the herd of PEERS voting them as the best for a decade when they clearly had equals. Same with the EMMYS love of just one show year after year after year when it was clear to analysts that by critical review and growing audience that the show had no right to dominate. ….


Wog Boy Says:

The joke I heard in Dublin:

What is the difference between God and Sting…
God doesn’t believe he is Sting.


jane Says:

wog boy, who nominates? do you know?


Wog Boy Says:

jane,

I have no idea, was never interested to find out. At the end of the day it is popularity context and Nole can never win that one but can one that matters..on the court, that one is on his racket.


Dascochoke Says:

Nole can win every title and dance after every match. Fans will still like Fed more, and then Rafa. In that order. This will never change, its just a fact of life.

End of the day its the players and fans that do the voting. Djoker fans can be disgruntled, though the guy won 3 slams this year.

Btw not having Djokovic nominated, actually speaks a lot about the award. Perhaps most people just dont consider him the best sportman.


skeezer Says:

MPI and Emmys now? What are you talking about? What’s the next topic twist, WADA and Russian athletes?
Fed has earned the respect and admiration over his career, no need to minimize it. News, Fed did dominate. But no worries, he’ll be gone soon enough.
Parting gift; If Nole and/or Rafa had won these awards that many times, I am sure you and a few others music would sound completely different(btw..’80s Rock!).
May it always Rain Purple on your parade.


Dascochoke Says:

“At the end of the day it is popularity context and Nole can never win that one but can one that matters”

Since when has being liked, not mattered?

Do you know Djokovic personaly?

I am confident that he would love to have the popularity Federer has. This seems obvious.

Its not all about winning.


Dascochoke Says:

“Its not all about winning.”

Should read “…Winning matches”.

Anyway, just smell a bunch of sourpusses here. Hitting a ball with a racquet, no matter how consistent, does not guarantee you the kind of love Fed gets. Deal with it and move on people.

Fed no 1 forever. YeahhH!


Wog Boy Says:

“Djokovic receives the ATP World Tour No. 1 award presented by Emirates for a second straight year and fourth time overall, following an unbroken stint at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since 7 July 2014.”

That one is the one that matters the other one(s) is for the losers, sore losers like you.


Travis Bickle Says:

@Dascochoke

I don’t know neither Djokovic or Federer personally, but you don’t have to know them and still WILL KNOW the answer to the following question:

Would you rather have No1 and 3 GS (throw 6 masters and some change also) or “Sportsmanship Award” with no GS and 1 master?

What do you thing Federer and Djoker prefer? The Novak’s award this year is the real thing, the Federer’s award is “thanks for showing up” thing…


Dascochoke Says:

“the other one(s) is for the losers”

Touché.

No, wait… now really?

Ok, got it. Fan favorite and sportsman award is for losers. lmfao.

If there is one award that is meaningless, its the No. 1. I mean logically he already is the number one, doesnt need a trophy to show it.


Dascochoke Says:

@Travis Bickle

Yes well of course!

Better have 1 slam and none of these awards. I agree 100 percent.

Not even a descussion here about this.

Doesnt change the fact that being fan favorite is a big deal imo.


Humble Rafa Says:

In 2010, I won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award. For some reason, people don’t seem to remember.

This year, I qualify for the senior citizen category, still I got no awards. Biased people.


jane Says:

thanks wog boy. i didnt know either but the discussion here just made me curious. agree that novak won on the court, and that was awesome enough for me. cheers! :)


Chrisford1 Says:

Over at tennis.com the gist of comments is mainly irritation that no other player, top or low-ranked, no ATP wheelchair athlete, no doubles player is getting this sportsmanship award – just Fed and the one year Nike twisted arms to get the other half of Fedal his bone.
And that it is better to get one of the objective awards like best doubles players or Star of Tomorrow based on age and ranking – than a popularity award.

It does send the wrong message – only Federer is a worthy sportsman in tennis. None of the other guys.
And over at tennis.com more than a couple remarked that Roger is not a particularly gracious loser and is a tad arrogant. No one is perfect, but that could be said for fine sportsmen like Tsonga and Leander Paes as well as Ferru, Stan, Monfils, Djokovic, a Bryan Brother, the wheelchair champ..Or a Tim Smyczek.
Roger could tell the nominating committee that selects the 5 “Edberg Award Choices” to knock it off. That there are other fine exemplars of tennis besides him that may have flaws like Fed acting like a sore loser now and then, but overall are a great credit to the sport and the ethos of respect, fair play, no excuse-making. But I think Fed is greedy for more, and more popularity awards.


kjb Says:

@cf1

Like skeezer noted above, you have no clue what goes on in the locker room after the match. This award is nominated on by the players. Andy Roddick once told a story of what went on in the locker room after he lost the 2009 Wimbledon heartbreaker, and how respectful Fed was in the locker room and how much that meant to him at that moment. We have no idea what his reletionships are like with his co-workers. I think he is just a laidback dude who gets along with everyone.


Chrisford1 Says:

kjb – Who cares what goes on in the locker room, lounge, at Nike HQ? The point is the award is becoming a joke. It is not clear year to year who the “Edberg Selection Committee” nominates of the 3-4 others on the ballot. Berdych said a few years back the only choices were for one year – Fed, Rafa, two lower ranked players (one who Berdych had no idea who he was, his personality, how sportsmanlike he was.) So Tomas voted Rafa that year if the 4 choices presented.

Only person who can fix this and stop the “Edberg Sportsman Award” from becoming a joke if it is not already, is Federer. And he will not. Because he is not going to allow sportsmanship to trump his ego.


Okiegal Says:

I think a sportsmanship award should be awarded to actions on the court as well in the locker room…..oopsy, there wouldn’t be one if that was the case, because the majority of players have had there bad moments during a match…..arguing with the official, using obscene language, destroying racquets, hitting balls into the stands….just saying……..I agree that Tim Smczek should have received it this year! :)


Margot Says:

What on earth is this all about? Who nominates? Who votes. I’m a “fan” I never got asked to vote. And outside the USA the Bryan Bros would win an UNpopularity contest.
It must be rigged.
@ Wog Boy
That’s an old one but is good, can be used for anyone.
Like the: What’s the difference between x and a bucket of s**t?
Why, the bucket of course.
;)


jac Says:

Well, I’ve been struggling to find how exacly the winner of sportmanship award is choosen. It always says “by ATP players” but how you define ATP player ? Top100? Top200? Top500? Maybe someone can give me a hand here.
Either way, there are no more than 50 who actually played or even met Federer or any other player nominated last year. So it’s simply popularity contest. How do you define sportmanship anyway ?
How do you measure it ?
To make it more “fair” and comparable, there should be nomination for single event, like Tim Smyczek giving Nadal do-over service in AO or Novak giving Andy point without challange in last final. We could compare apples to apples then. Of course they could alway nominate Roger for being Federer and he’d win anyway :P


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
Thanks, I didn’t know it is old one. Our tour guide in Dublin this summer was in a joke mood and kept cracking them, the only problem was that I couldn’t remember (and understand) most of them due to his Dublin accent.
Thanks for “bucket” one, I’ll remember that one:)


Tennisfan Says:

The fan favorite award is voted for on the ATP website. Both are vote-based awards and people are resenting the winner as if he had a say lol.


J-Kath Says:

At the very least there should be a list of nominees for the popularity award – what is the procedure of the voting? Why so much secrecy?


Giles Says:

J- Kath. There was a list of nominees which was published way back in October.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its gorgeously ironic that people could get so riled up over a sportsmanship award.


Margot Says:

@TV
No, the irony is, if “sportsmanship” awards have been made in an “unsportsmanship” manner.


Daniel Says:

Guys let’s get real, after AO final controversy and with Murray commenting it public in press conf, neither Djoko or Murray would be voted by players.

In parta I understand the “popularity” aspect as most see Fed (all players know who he is and vote for him). But even, of he was a disgrace as some try to preach he wouldn’t be getting this awards. The conspiracy theorist act as you can force something on top of all players who vote. If he was a bad sport they would vote someone else. Of course a few has personnel thing with and I bet Djoko or Berdych woould never bote for him. As Murray will vote for Nadal 10 out of 10 instead of votong Fed or Djoko but these are spots not the majority.


skeezer Says:

Some of the negative comments here are laughable, like fans are suppose to have a say in the sportsmenship award. There is no conspiracy, the players voted. Data is available on it. Read. If you want to complain, write to the ATP. Just remember, you don’t have voting rights on that award.
Oh, and the other award, the “fan fav award?”…..It was shared here years back how you can vote, and mentioned again today ( kudos Tennisfan ). This year Fed won with 66 % of the votes.


J-Kath Says:

Giles/Skeezer

Didn’t see the “most popular” nominees list in Oct. obviously neglect on my part – (I like to think it was decided in a darkened cigar filled room with FIFA types voting)- ahem, excuse me….

but I do recall trying to vote for the “fan fav. award” and not being eligible …because I didn’t belong to “whatever it was I was supposed to join”. So I just said: “Stuff it” and forgot about it.


Daniel Says:

Also, the more Federer plays more and more he grows because everybody knows he is a veteran now battling time and it makes people more fond of him, also he is not winning as before which also gets people sympathy.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m not a huge fan of Murray the tennis player. But I’m a huge fan of Murray the person. He comes off as someone who really has priorities straight.

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/andy-murray-cancer-charity-tennis/


Margot Says:

The ATP draws up the list and there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why the players were chosen.
eg Anderson, Ferrer, Cilic. Why?
The award is just to promote the ATP and a certain champagne company. A marriage made in heaven.
And BTW this is nothing to do with Fed., it’s to do with the SAME player winning 9/10 times in the past 10 years. Seems strange to say the least.
And nothing to do with Andy either! He’d never be nominated in the first place.
Good.


skeezer Says:

“The award is just to promote the ATP and a certain champagne company. A marriage made in heaven”
Do you know that for a fact? Just write the ATP and ask them.


Ben Pronin Says:

The ATP fan favorite is just a poll. You can refresh the page and vote again.

Why does the Sportsmanship award matter, anyway? It’s not like an MVP award.


skeezer Says:

“Why does the Sportsmanship award matter, anyway? It’s not like an MVP award.”
Uh….duh.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Much ado about nothing….

As for Murray,i wont make a big issue,but i will say its great to see the lovely Ross looking so well again,so sad that the same couldnt be said for Elena so young and still so sad,so well done all….


Giles Says:

Alison. Left you a message on the London Seedings thread.


Daniel Says:

When will the griups be out, today or tomorrow?


J-Kath Says:

Ben: I can’t tell you how reading the article you posted affected me…swelling up. I knew what Andy tried to do in the past – but I have never read such an intimate, revealing and touching article before.

Many, many thanks.


Okiegal Says:

“And the winner of the MVP award goes to Novak Djokovic”…….he’s BOSS!!

In all honesty, I don’t see anyone beating him any time soon…..he’s playing amazing tennis…..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Giles i saw it,and fair enough….


Okiegal Says:

@Ben…..great article on Andy. Thanks for sharing….I hate cancer…….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie yeah hate to say it but have to agree,all through gritted teeth,and self confessed bitterness,im only human i suppose….


Gypsy Gal Says:

So sad as Bally was so young :(….


J-Kath Says:

GypsyGal – at 2.05pm…???? Just didn’t sound like U? Excuse me if your comment was extremely personal……


RZ Says:

@Ben thanks for sharing that article. I’ve always been a fan of Andy the player but over the last couple of years I’ve become more a fan of him as a person. I just think he’s an awesome human being. When people who don’t like him on the court ask me how I could be a fan of someone who curses so much or who clutches his back constantly (which are fair points), I always point to the outside factors. I will certainly be adding this as well to those responses.


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath unlike me yeah probably true,sorry just a bit peeved off and a little bit resentful,however its me with the problem cant fault Novak for having such an amazing year,kudos to him too?….


RZ Says:

On a different note – Djoker finally has a pair of lucky shorts! https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/664843101765287936


RZ Says:

^ (Not that he needs them)


Travis Bickle Says:

I see Novak domination is causing an onset of mental illness to some folks here…
Examples: agreeing through gritted teeth, peeved off and resentful, … and that’s only what was self-admitted – what else goes on inside may be even worse :(

I hereby appeal to Novak to stop dominating and spare mental health of many weak folks who simply cannot take it any more!!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

But hes an awesome guy that has worked hard for all his success,and what hes doing and continuing to do is quite honestly astounding,so congrats to him and all his fans,well most of them ;)….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Damn shame that some fans cant digest the idea that Novak was by far and wide the best player on tour this year and,yet Roger is still by far and wide still the most loved,hmm go figure ;)….


FedExpress Says:

wtf is this draw ceremony about

boris johnson for real?!??!

andrew castle as a deunken host

just do the bloody draw


FedExpress Says:

all are drunk it seems


FedExpress Says:

what clowns are doing this ceremony


FedExpress Says:

boris johnson is such an idiot. how can such a mug be a mayor


Dascochoke Says:

“The ATP fan favorite is just a poll. You can refresh the page and vote again”

Sure you can, but that doesnt change the fact that Fed is the fan favorite.

Does anybody really think Fed needs 2 votes per person to win?

Nadal was ranked second so his fans can rejoice.

Basically, even though Novak is the best on the planet. People like Federer more.


FedExpress Says:

he is a clown


FedExpress Says:

what a circus

feel sry for the players


Margot Says:

@Skeeze. Yes.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/atp-awards-2014-winners

Oh dear bouncy drunk, Not a pretty sight. He’s probably been at the Moet too.


Travis Bickle Says:

Ladbrokes’ odds on the London ATP finals:

Novak less than 2:1 (15:8)
Federer 4:1
Murray 10:1

the rest is not worthy of mentioning, all very long shots…

It will be interesting to see if Federer’s odds will change after the draw ceremony.
Novak’s odds won’t change – he is 2:1 regardless of the draw, I guess.


Tennisfan Says:

Novak will win, he’s a league above the rest right now.


FedExpress Says:

fed and nole in same.group


J-Kath Says:

TB: I think Stan has a better chance than Murray – all things considered….


FedExpress Says:

nole fed berdych nishi

wawa murray nadal ferrer

like it


Ben Pronin Says:

^I don’t see what the problem is. Federer is super popular. Just watch this year’s US Open final. And yet Djokovic won, because he’s the best.

Ah, whatever.

RZ, I still won’t root for Murray over Djokovic or Federer. Or most players, really. I definitely separate his tennis from his personality. I dislike his tennis because it’s not Djokovic’s to put it as simply as possible. Which, imo, is a perfectly rational sports reason. But much like I’m not going to judge a great player for being a horrible person off the court (too many examples), I’m not going to dislike Murray because I don’t like his tennis. He really stands out to me as far as pro athletes go (not just tennis).


FedExpress Says:

feds face was priceless when he heard his group announced


RZ Says:

I like the groups. Probably as balanced as they could get.


jane Says:

agree RZ. i like them too. there are some good pictures of all the guys reacting. :)


RF Says:

My semis lineup is:

Djokovic vs Wawrinka
Fed vs Murray

Finals:
Djokovic vs Fed with Djoker winning. (And I really hope I’m wrong coz I REALLY want Fed to win this)

Do I get any prize if I get this right ? Anything from tennis-x ?


FedExpress Says:

castle is a twat

thanked murray for playing last year in front of fed


Gypsy Gal Says:

I said it the other day at the moment Stan i think would be the only player to have a chance against Novak,you could see Novak if only as a slight possibility of losing one match,but not two and especially not two to the same player….


FedExpress Says:

schedule for sunday?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Agree nice and balanced groups….


J-Kath Says:

FedExpress:

“Thanked Murray for playing last year in front of Fed” – Apart from the fact that Castle is a treble-twat. Why not? Also, might it be a warning to Murray – i.e don’t you dare get smuggled onto a Belgium airplane because you need to be as fresh as possible for the DC?


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t understand why people keep underestimating Rafa’s chances in London. He pushed Roger in Basel on the fast low bouncing court, he certanly can do better than that on London slower and higher bouncing court. He is well rested, improving as the matches are going and can beat every single player in his group as he has done it so many times before and make SF without the problems, as the matter of fact I can see him already in SF.


skeezer Says:

@Margot,
Thank you been there read that.
It”s the way you implied “The award is JUST to promote the ATP and a certain champagne company”. Yes, Moet sponsors the event, heck, someone has to pay for it. Its not JUST about promotion. Its recognition and voted by his peers, NOT Moet.
Do you also assume Murray is undeserving of the Humanitarian Award given at by the Moet sponsored presentation? The fix is in? This whole thing is a sham?
Must be hard on some fans to believe one guy maybe can win it so often because he’s is maybe that great a sportsmen. At least his peers think so, in the end that is all that matters.


Wog Boy Says:

Do we know schedule yet? I wouldn’t like Nole’s first match to be against Roger.


FedExpress Says:

i would wog


Daniel Says:

Wanted Nadal to play either Novak or Fed. Ig he doesn’t qualify we won’t get those matches.

Murray plays Ferrer first and Nadal versus Wawa could ve interesting as well. Could ser the tone for the possible leader of the group. Djoko vs Kei and Fed x Berdych. Interested to see if Berdych will keep the form of Paris. Whoch group plays first Sunday?


Wog Boy Says:

I know you would FE.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Daniel.


Wog Boy Says:

Rafa vs Stan will be match to watch.


elina Says:

WB, I think 1 vs 4 to start which would be Nole vs Kei.

Don’t think Nole vs Fed would happen until Thursday (i.e., last RR match in the group) assuming his group starts Sunday.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks elina.


elina Says:

One would think but their last two indoors recently were somewhat poor.


elina Says:

Nevermind WB, had a look at last few years and there is no such trend. Could be any day.


Giles Says:

There are EIGHT players and Daniel is still obsessing over Nadal. LMAO. Give it a rest man why don’t you? There are SEVEN other players you could be talking about but you have to keep on and on and on about Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Winners of first two matches plays second day of the group and losers of first match also, this way after 2 rounds there is always somebody with 2-0, 2 guys with 1-1 and 1 guy with 0-2. So Fed and Djoko could play second day of their group if both win their first matches, who even win that encounter cango on and win the group with 3-0.


skeezer Says:

Thanks J-Kath!


Chrisford1 Says:

RZ – Another post from Stan before the mini-magic shorts and having a great practice with Nole.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTN3qvGXIAAXXD1.png:large

Good the two can self-deprecate on their tough losses playing one another and move on and enjoy each other’s company. That is true sportsmanship.


RZ Says:

@CF1 – Stan has shown a lot of good humor on Twitter. He regularly re-tweets posts that make fun of him. I enjoy the Swiss Mini People comics. They have had some good ones over the years with Fed, Stan, and now often include Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacinsky.


jane Says:

ben, nice piece on andy.

rz, ha ha, re: shorts. god awfully unlucky shorts for nole i’d say.

margot – “The ATP draws up the list and there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why the players were chosen.
eg Anderson, Ferrer, Cilic. Why?”

thanks. i was curious about the nomination process; so in this case, the ATP gives a pre-selected list to the players, and the players vote based on that list. i think it’d be more meaningful, in a way, if the players themselves actually nominated players. but it is what it is.


Margot Says:

@Skeeze
I don’t even agree with Andy getting a “humanitarian” award. I’m sure he was “deserving” but giving awards for decent behaviour IMHO cheapens it. So the other players weren’t “humanitarian,” or were less? WTF? How do you measure that?
But putting this one to bed right now! You’ll all be very glad to know! :)


skeezer Says:

Margot
Ok then. To bed it is ;)


Purcell Says:

True sportsmanship is how you conduct yourself on court, how you show respect to your opponent, the audience, the ball kids, lines people and umpire.
CF 1 knocking up with ‘friend’ is not to be confused with sportsmanship.


Purcell Says:

Incidentally, congrats to all winners. The ATP awards may be deemed trivial, unimportant and irrelevant but not surprisingly, there’s a comprehensive and amusing amount of feedback from the conspiratorialists, the disappointed and let’s face it, the moaning minnies.


Giles Says:

3.06 am. Yeah, yeah, the one and only sportsman ever!! NOT!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Agree with Margot,i like what Murray did and what they all do is fantastic for the greater good etc,but to get an award for it why?especially when a couple of days ago we had rememberance day,IMO we should remember them and what they did,the real unsung heroes….


J-Kath Says:

“To bed it is”
Just hope Skeezer is not compromising Margot….

(just a joke – apologies if anyone offended – not intended).


Margot Says:

Naughty, naughty Kath…;)
BTW I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that you didn’t drive 200 miles through a hurricane in order to get a “selfie” with Gorgeous George!
Tsk. Tsk! ;)


J-Kath Says:

Good to hear from you Margot….I’m just a wee coward …I didn’t want to be up the stream without a paddle though the Irish Sea kept trying to persuade me to give it a go James Bond style….so I had to disappoint Gorgeous George (and rush home “all shook up”) – goodness I’m so corny…

Going to be an interesting WTF – maybe?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot/J-Kath lol at your posts to each other….


J-Kath Says:

Two’s company, three’s a crowd – but not when it’s You GypsyGal….Luv from “I’m so corny”.


Daniel Says:

Giles, in both my posts I mentioned all players, potential match ups and possibilities of second round play. I wanted another Fedal because I though they played few matches this year, actually the fewest they havebevee play, just once in a year, other minimum was 2.

Bur we got a guarantee Murray x Nadal who also played few matches this last years.


jane Says:

From espn on AM “he has recorded his biggest tally of wins in a single season with 68 so far, and is on the cusp of achieving his highest year-end ranking of No. 2 in the world.”

that’s about andy’s season…so it’s already been a strong one and he still has WTF and DC


RZ Says:

@jane – the big difference this year is that Andy did well throughout the year. In previous years, he’d do well at the slams and a few of the masters but would fall early in many of the other tournaments. (That’s why he was not ranked #1 in July 2013, when he held the Olympics, US Open, Miami, and Wimbledon titles with a runner up showing in Australia – because he wasn’t consistent in the other tournaments).
This year he only had a couple of early losses and with the exception of the US Open, those were at smaller tournaments. I hope he keeps this up.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Fantastic for Murray,and i also hope he keeps it up,would also be lovely to see him get back into the GS winners circle again,come on Andy….

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