I was going to leave a comment on the Serena SI thread, but instead I’ll expand to a full post. Earlier today Serena took home the SI Sportsperson of the Year award (more or less a Lifetime Achievement award). And she’s deserving and I’m happy tennis finally got some recognition by the magazine and that horse didn’t win.
Sadly, though, Novak Djokovic probably will never win the award. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also probably never will. Not because they don’t deserve it – they do (Federer and Nadal should have already won it)! But they are not American and they play tennis which is barely on the radar here unless you can make off court pop news like Serena.
But looking strictly at 2015, Djokovic had the better season than Serena. Serena had the history, the pressure, the attention but in the end Novak had the results.
In men’s tennis you have Roger Federer, Andy Murray and even Rafael Nadal who, granted, isn’t what he once was, but that’s still miles better than the current WTA landscape which after Serena is really faceless.
Simona Halep finished second reaching just one Slam semifinal all year. Garbine Muguruza third? Talk about a weak field! And Serena didn’t even play after New York. That bothers me as well.
So while I understand Serena had the spotlight and the global eye, Novak also won three Slams, beat 31 Top 10 players, made 15 straight finals and played a complete season, winning in January in Australia and finishing it off taking the London title.
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