2014: Djokovic, Bryans, Federer, Murray Awarded
Winners in the 2014 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon
Djokovic clinches the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for a third time after completing round-robin play at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 3-0 record. All the other award winners were announced ahead of the season finale.
Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a 10th time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 12th straight year. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 29 ATP World Tour Awards.
Murray is the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, having taken part in fundraising exhibitions and campaigns over the past two years, and also raised awareness for the work of Unicef, United for Wildlife and Malaria No More.
The Bryan twins sweep the doubles awards for a sixth 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 10th time each.
The 17-year-old Borna Coric wins the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates for being the youngest player ranked in the Top 100, while players have voted Roberto Bautista Agut as the Most Improved Player of the Year and recognised David Goffin as the Comeback Player of the Year.
Players will receive their awards, crafted by Lenox, in on-court ceremonies at The O2 throughout the tournament week.
USA Today’s Douglas Robson is the recipient of the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award while the ATP Tournament of the Year awards will be announced in 2015.
DETERMINED BY EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS
ATP World Tour No. 1 Presented by Emirates
Novak Djokovic: The Serbian clinches the ATP World Tour No. 1 Presented by Emirates for a third time, also accomplishing the feat in 2011-12. Djokovic is only the fourth player — after Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (twice) — to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He returned to World No. 1 on 7 July this year after capturing his seventh Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Overall in 2014, he has won six titles, including four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.
ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team Presented by Emirates
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Americans will finish as the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings for a sixth successive year and record 10th time overall (2003, ‘05-07, ‘09-14). The 36-year-old twins won nine titles in 2014 including the US Open and six ATP World Tour Masters 1000.
ATP Star Of Tomorrow Presented by Emirates
Borna Coric: This category in its second 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 3 November. Coric, who began the season ranked outside the Top 300, broke into the Top 100 on 27 October and reached a career-high No. 92 this week. The 17-year-old Croatian reached the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag quarter-finals (l. to Fognini) in July and made his Grand Slam championship debut as a qualifier at the US Open (l. to Estrella Burgos in 2R), prior to beating World No. 3 Rafael Nadal en route to the Swiss Indoors Basel semi-finals in October. He also won one ATP Challenger Tour title.
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 10th time and fourth year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori were also nominated in this category.
Most Improved Player of the Year
Roberto Bautista Agut: The Spaniard climbed from a year-end No. 59 Emirates ATP Ranking last season to a career-high No. 14 in 2014. He claimed his first ATP World Tour title on the grass courts of the Topshelf Open (‘s-Hertogenbosch) in June, triumphed on his transition to clay a few weeks later at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, and reached the indoor Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow hard-court final in Moscow in October. Bautista Agut also made a statement on some of the biggest stages: he reached the fourth round at the Australian Open after coming back to defeat World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in five sets in the second round, and advanced to the semi-finals at the Mutua Madrid Open, stopped only by Rafael Nadal. He finished the season with 45 match wins – 19 more than his previous career-high.
Comeback Player of the Year
David Goffin: After breaking his left wrist in September 2013, the Belgian returned to the courts at the beginning of the 2014 at No. 110 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. By the end of June, he had only recorded two main draw wins but after Wimbledon Goffin couldn’t stop winning. He compiled a 44-4 match record from July onwards (inclusive of matches on the ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and qualifying). His perfect month of July included three straight Challenger titles and his first ATP World Tour title at the Austrian Open (Kitzbühel), all in back-to-back weeks. He extended his unbeaten streak to 25 matches by qualifying and reaching the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals. After a third-round run at the US Open (l. to Dimitrov), the 23 year old went on another winning streak of 16 matches – with titles at the Moselle Open and Mons Challenger – prior to a runner-up finish at the Swiss Indoors Basel (l. to Federer). He will finish the season at a career-high of No. 22 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
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 BNP Paribas Open receives the honour for the first time in its 40-year history. In 2014, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden unveiled its state-of-the-art, 8,000-seat Stadium 2, featuring three fine dining restaurants including Nobu, additional practice courts and a new shade structure. The BNP Paribas Open welcomed a record 431,527 fans through the gates over the fortnight, making it the highest-attended event on the ATP World Tour.
ATP World Tour 500
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships collects the ATP World Tour 500 award for a seventh straight year and 11th time overall (2003-06, 2008-14).
ATP World Tour 250
The Aegon Championships repeats in the ATP World Tour 250 category after collecting the award for the first time last year. The tournament, along with the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, has been re-categorised as an ATP World Tour 500 event in the 2015 calendar and will be 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 12th straight year, receiving 65 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished second, followed by Grigor Dimitrov, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.
ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Bryan twins received 45 per cent of votes to be named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 10th time. Wimbledon champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock came in as the second most popular duo, followed by Roland Garros champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
CHOSEN BY ATP
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian
Andy Murray: One of Murray’s best friends, former player Ross Hutchins, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, though thankfully his cancer went into remission. Another of Murray's friends from British tennis, Elena Baltacha, was diagnosed with cancer of the liver and the sport was in mourning this year when she passed away at the age of 30. Wanting to help, Murray took part in fundraising exhibitions for Hutchins and Baltacha at Queen's Club the past two summers, and this autumn he appeared with comedian Richard Ayoade in ‘Andy Murray: The Movie’, a sketch that was part of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ programming. Murray has also raised awareness for the work of Unicef, United for Wildlife and Malaria No More.
Ron Bookman Media Excellence
Douglas Robson: San Francisco-based Robson has been the lead tennis writer since 2003 for USA Today, one of the largest American newspapers. He has been a journalist for two decades covering a variety of sports, business and general-interest topics.