2013: Federer, Nadal, Bryans Honoured
Winners in the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon
Roger Federer receives three honours in the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, while Rafael Nadal wins the ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates award and Comeback Player of the Year.
Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a ninth time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for an 11th straight year. In addition, the 32-year-old Swiss has been named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for a second time in recognition of his foundation’s support of children in Africa and Switzerland. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 27 ATP World Tour Awards.
Nadal previously finished at the top in 2008 and 2010, and becomes the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking on two occasions. Additionally, as winner of Comeback Player of the Year, Nadal becomes the first to clinch awards in all the player-voted categories. The 27-year-old Spaniard won Newcomer in 2003, Most Improved in 2005 and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship in 2010. He was also awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2011.
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan sweep the doubles awards for a fifth straight year, taking home ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates and ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record ninth time each.
The Shanghai Rolex Masters and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, both repeat winners, are joined by newcomer the Aegon Championshipsas the Tournaments of the Year respectively at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 levels.
DETERMINED BY EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS
ATP World Tour No. 1 Presented by Emirates
Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal clinches the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for a third time, after recording his second round-robin win at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The 27-year-old Spaniard previously finished at the top in 2008 and 2010, and becomes the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking on two occasions. Nadal returned to World No. 1 on 7 October for the first time in more than two years after reaching his 13th final of a phenomenal season at the China Open in Beijing. He made his comeback from a seven-month injury layoff in February and won 10 titles, includingRoland Garros, US Open and five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 triumphs.
ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team Presented by Emirates
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Americans finish as the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings for a fifth successive year and record ninth time overall (2003, '05-07, '09-13). The 35-year-old twins guaranteed their year-end No. 1 ranking on 19 August, the earliest clinch by a doubles team. The Bryans won their 11th title of the season on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Masters, their fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy of 2013. They won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon – making them the first team to hold all four majors and the Olympic gold medal at the same time – and ended up just shy of completing the calendar-year Grand Slam with a loss in theUS Open semi-finals.
ATP Star Of Tomorrow Presented by Emirates
Jiri Vesely: This new category, replacing the player-voted Newcomer of the Year, is awarded to the youngest player who finished in the Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings (as of 28 October). Vesely, who began the season ranked outside the Top 250, broke into the Top 100 on 8 July – two days before his 20th birthday – and reached a career-high No. 78 by August. The Czech made his tour-level main draw debut as a qualifier atRoland Garros and also won three ATP Challenger Tour titles from five finals.
VOTED BY PLAYERS
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the ninth time and third year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal were also nominated in this category.
Most Improved Player of the Year
Pablo Carreno Busta: The Spaniard climbed from a year-end No. 715 Emirates ATP Ranking last season to a career-high No. 66 in 2013, beginning with an impressive effort on the Futures circuit that saw him win 35 straight matches and seven titles from eight finals. As a qualifier on the ATP World Tour, he recorded his first tour-level win in Casablanca, reached the Oeiras semi-finals and made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros. The 22 year old also excelled on the ATP Challenger Tour, going 4-0 in finals.
Comeback Player of the Year
Rafael Nadal: After being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury, the Spaniard made his return this past February and advanced to nine straight finals to start the season – reaching 13 total from 16 tournament appearances in 2013. Among his 10 titles, Nadal claimed his eighth Roland Garros crown, his second US Open championship, and a record-tying five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies in a single season. He also went undefeated on hard courts (26-0) through the Beijing final, when he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Despite the loss, Nadal – who began the season at No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings – overtook the Serbian at the top on 7 October.
Tournaments of the Year
The tournament in its category that operated at the highest level of professionalism and integrity and which provided the best conditions and atmosphere for participating players.
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
The Shanghai Rolex Masters claims the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category for a fifth straight year, since the tournament’s first edition at the level in 2009.
ATP World Tour 500
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships collects the award for the 10th time in 11 years.
ATP World Tour 250
The Aegon Championships ends the longest reign in the ATP World Tour Awards - Bastad’s 11-year run at the ATP World Tour 250-level - as it receives the honour for the first time. In 2015, the tournament will be upgraded to the ATP World Tour 500 level as part of a longer three-week grass-court swing between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
VOTED BY FANS
ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles)
Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th straight year, receiving 56 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished second, followed by Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.
ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Bryan twins received 43 per cent of votes to be named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record ninth time. Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek came in as the second most popular duo, followed by Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic.
CHOSEN BY ATP
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award
Roger Federer: The 32 year old becomes just the third person to be named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for a second time, joining Andre Agassi and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Federer, who previously received the award in 2006, supports children in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia and his native Switzerland through the Roger Federer Foundation, established in 2003. This past February, Federer visited the Hlukani and Govhu crèches in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, which have been supported by Foundation partner READ Educational Trust since 2010.
Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award
Bendou Zhang: Shanghai-based Zhang is the tennis writer for TITAN Sports, China’s most successful sports newspaper. A journalist for more than 20 years, two years ago became the first person from his country to join International Tennis Writers Association.