World No. 1 Djokovic Joined By Sinner, Alcaraz, Auger-Aliassime, Fils Among Winners In 2023 ATP Awards

Sinner wins Fans' Favourite and Most Improved Player of the Year
December 15, 2023
By Press Release

Novak Djokovic was recognised for his record-extending eighth ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone honour and Jannik Sinner figured in three categories in the 2023 ATP Awards.

Sinner was named Most Improved Player of the Year and received the Fans’ Favourite Award, capping a breakout season in which the 22-year-old claimed his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Toronto, reached the trophy match at the Nitto ATP Finals, and led Italy to its first Davis Cup title in nearly five decades. Additionally, Sinner’s mentors, Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi, shared the Coach of the Year award as voted by their contemporaries. Their charge reached a career-high No. 4 in 2023, matching legend Adriano Panatta as the highest-ranked Italian in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history.

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Longtime friends and ATP Masters 1000 Madrid winners Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev took home the Fans’ Favourite Award in the doubles category.

The 2023 ATP Awards also honours Djokovic and the tandem of Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek, who clinched year-end No. 1 during the Nitto ATP Finals. Djokovic won a tour-best seven singles titles on the year, including the 24th Grand Slam of his career. Dodig and Krajicek accounted for five doubles titles, their biggest coming on clay at Roland-Garros.     

Jan-Lennard Struff was named Comeback Player of the Year after overcoming injury to jump from No. 167 to a career-high No. 21, while 19-year-old Arthur Fils, a first-time ATP Tour titlist in Lyon and the youngest member of the year-end Top 50, is the Newcomer of the Year.

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A year after becoming the youngest No. 1 in the history of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Carlos Alcaraz was selected by his fellow players as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, which recognises fair play, professionalism and integrity on and off the court. He is the fourth Spaniard to receive the honour, joining Jose Higueras (1983), Alex Corretja (1996, 1998) and Rafael Nadal (2010, 2018-21).

Higueras, who worked with legends like Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Roger Federer and Michael Chang, and later served as director of player development for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is the recipient of the Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award. 

Felix Auger-Aliassime received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in recognition of his efforts to support educational initiatives in his father’s homeland, the West African nation of Togo. The 23-year-old Canadian partnered with BNP Paribas in 2020 to create the #FAAPointsForChange programme and since, $20 for has been donated to EduChange for every point he has won.

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (ATP Masters 1000), the cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club in London (ATP 500), the Nordea Open in Bastad (ATP 250) and the Mextenis León Open (ATP Challenger Tour) have been voted by the players as Tournament of the Year in their respective categories. Meanwhile, L’Équipe is the recipient of the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award.

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2023 ATP Awards Winners

ATP No. 1 presented by Pepperstone
(determined by Pepperstone ATP Rankings)
Novak Djokovic: Djokovic finished as the oldest year-end No. 1 in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history, his record eighth year atop the charts. For the fourth time in his career, he claimed three of the season’s four major titles, only Carlos Alcaraz keeping him from the Grand Slam — winning all four majors in the same season — with a comeback in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic’s 24th major singles title came at the US Open, a number unequalled in the Open Era. The 36-year-old Serbian also triumphed in Cincinnati and Paris, to bring his ATP Masters 1000 title haul to a record 40 at that level, and clinched a record seventh Nitto ATP Finals title.

ATP Doubles No. 1 presented by Pepperstone
(determined by Pepperstone ATP Rankings)
Ivan Dodig & Austin Krajicek: The Croatian-American duo, which launched its partnership last year, earned ATP Doubles No. 1 presented by Pepperstone honours for the first time. Dodig and Krajicek teamed to win five tournaments in 2023, including Roland Garros, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and ATP 500-level events in Rotterdam, London (Queen’s Club) and Beijing. Finishing with a 39-15 record, they also reached finals in Miami, Adelaide and Eastbourne, and advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open

Comeback Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Jan-Lennard Struff: The German started the season outside the Top 150, but soared after standout ATP Masters 1000 results. He reached the quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo before he became the first lucky loser in history to reach a Masters 1000 final at the Mutua Madrid Open. A run to the title match in Stuttgart followed in June, before a hip injury forced the 33-year-old to miss three months of the season, with Struff not holding a racquet for seven weeks. He made a winning return in Zhuhai in September before he advanced to his third tour-level semi-final of the season in Sofia in November. He ended the year at No. 25. Dominik Koepfer, Gael Monfils and Alexander Zverev were also nominated in this category.  

Most Improved Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Fans’ Favourite Award (Singles)
(voted by fans)
Jannik Sinner: The 22-year-old Italian won four tour-level titles in 2023, including his first ATP Masters 1000 crown in Toronto. He also reached the title match at the Nitto ATP Finals, his first major semi-final at Wimbledon, and led Italy to its first Davis Cup trophy since 1976. Sinner, who held a 64-15 tour-level record in 2023, finished the season at a career-high No. 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, becoming the first Italian man to end a season in the Top 5. Sinner won Newcomer of the Year in the 2019 ATP Awards. Matteo Arnaldi, Christopher Eubanks and Ben Shelton were also nominated for Most Improved Player of the Year.

Newcomer of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Arthur Fils: The Frenchman started the season outside the Top 250 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, but peaked at a career-high No. 36 in October after reaching the final in Antwerp. The 19-year-old was the youngest champion on the ATP Tour in 2023, winning his first tour-level title in Lyon in May. He made the most of opportunities to play at home, also advancing to the tour-level semi-finals in Montpellier and Marseille. Fils finished the season by reaching the title match at the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM. #NextGenATP players Flavio Cobolli, Alex Michelsen, Dominic Stricker and Luca Van Assche were also nominees for Newcomer of the Year.

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
(voted by ATP players)
Carlos Alcaraz: The Spaniard has been recognised by fellow players for his fair play, professionalism and integrity on and off the court. Whether sending get-well-soon messages to injured opponents or sharing his umbrella with ballkids during a prolonged rain delay, the two-time major singles titlist has fast gained a reputation as one of the tour’s classiest players. When Fabio Fognini crashed to the court earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro, Alcaraz famously crossed the net and, much to the delight of the fans, helped return his foe to his feet. The 20-year-old has now won three player-voted ATP Awards, receiving Newcomer of the Year in 2020 and Most Improved in 2022. Grigor Dimitrov, Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner were also nominated in this category.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award
(awarded by ATP)
Felix Auger-Aliassime: Joining names like John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, the Canadian was recognised for his efforts beyond the tennis court. By partnering with BNP Paribas to create the #FAAPointsForChange programme, Auger-Aliassime has been able to spark educational initiatives in his father Sam’s homeland of Togo. This year, the 23-year-old also became the spokesperson for the Grow Beyond Campaign of the Montreal-based CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, the charitable arm of the hospital where he was born.

Fans’ Favourite Award (Doubles)
(voted by fans)
Karen Khachanov & Andrey Rublev: The longtime friends joined forces to capture their first team title at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Madrid, where they earned Match Tie-break wins in four of their five matches en route to the trophy. Khachanov and Rublev also reached the semi-finals at the ATP 500 event in Beijing.

Coach of the Year
(voted by ATP coaches)
Darren Cahill & Simone Vagnozzi: The Australian and Italian helped guide Jannik Sinner to a career-best season. Vagnozzi has worked with Sinner since February 2022, while Cahill joined the team in June 2022 with a focus on developing Sinner’s mental side. The results have been immediate: Sinner reached three Masters 1000 quarter-finals and a like number of major quarter-finals that first year, then broke through to his first Masters 1000 title (Toronto) and major semi-final (Wimbledon) in 2023. Cahill and Vagnozzi were nominated for Coach of the Year honours along with Craig Boynton (Hubert Hurkacz), 2022 winner Juan Carlos Ferrero (Carlos Alcaraz), Goran Ivanisevic (Novak Djokovic) and Bryan Shelton (Ben Shelton).

Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award
(voted by ATP coaches)
Jose Higueras: A former World No. 6 who made his name in the coaching ranks tutoring the likes of future Hall of Famers Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Roger Federer, Michael Chang, Jennifer Capriati and Mary Joe Fernandez, the Spaniard exemplifies excellence, leadership, respect, and a true love for the art of coaching. Named for the late Tim Gullikson, the award showcases someone who has inspired generations of young players and fellow coaches to grow the sport.

ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year
(voted by ATP players) 
BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells): The BNP Paribas Open won in the ATP Masters 1000 category for a record-extending ninth time — all in succession. Held amidst the natural beauty and backdrop of the desert landscape, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden offers top-notch player facilities and amenities; plentiful practice courts that allow fans to watch players up close; and unparalleled dining options.

ATP 500 Tournament of the Year
(voted by ATP players) 
cinch Championships (London): The cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club claimed honours at the ATP 500 level, winning for the fifth time. Also recognised in the ATP Awards in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2022, the tournament has thrived in its prestigious setting in West Kensington by consistently attracting some of the best singles and doubles players on the ATP Tour.

ATP 250 Tournament of the Year
(voted by ATP players) 
Nordea Open (Bastad): The Nordea Open won in the ATP 250 category for the 12th time overall. It was named Tournament of the Year from 2002-12, sharing honours with Houston two of those years (2003-04). The Nordea Open celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2023. 

ATP Challenger Tournament of the Year
(voted by ATP players) 
Mextenis León Open (León): In 2023, a comprehensive rating system was established on the ATP Challenger Tour circuit, giving players the opportunity to evaluate and grade each tournament they compete in, based on various criteria. After a successful inaugural edition, the Mextenis León Open received the highest rating of all 196 Challenger tournaments. Located in the heart of Mexico, it is the fourth award winner from the country since 2015.

Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award
(awarded by ATP)
L'Équipe: The French media outlet receives the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award for the third time, also winning this honour in 1999 and 2010. Recognised for excellent coverage of tennis on all their platforms (newspaper, magazine, digital, TV), L'Équipe prides themselves in being present on the Tour all year round, boasting a list of writers whose sole focus is tennis reporting: Lucile Alard, Vincent Cognet, Bertrand Lagacherie, Romain Lefebvre, David Loriot, Quentin Moynet, Franck Ramella and Julien Reboullet. Journalists Anne-Sophie Bourdet and Bruno Garay also play a key role for the magazine.

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