Let’s postpone our weekly Q&A sessions and hand out some prizes. We’ll do the WTA this week, and the ATP next week. I have no problem with media voting on sports awards. But I have a problem with media voting awards behind the cloak of anonymity. So let’s announce our picks and some additional categories:
WTA Player of the Year
Spherical tennis balls. Tennis courts are rectangular. Off-season tennis is not enough. The Arthur Ashe Court is not an intimate… There are some hard truths about tennis. Here is another: Iga Swiatek He is the best player in the game today. The 2022 ballot looks very different from the 2021 ballot. But after several superstars retired and others slipped away (yes, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep; but also Barbora Krejcikova and Emma Radukano) Swiatek got her promotion to the battlefield in 2022. She honored it by winning two of the Three bigs and went 67-9 — including a 37th straight run — on the year.
WTA Doubles Team of the Year
Gabriela Dabrowski / Juliana Olmos
Coco Gauff / Jessica Pegula
Lyudmila Kechenok / Jelena Ostapenko
Barbora Krejcikova / Katerina Siniakova
Veronika Kudrmitova / Elise Mertens
• Advice from The Mask to Pegula and Gauff for committing to the deed, even as they cracked the top ten on singles. More of that, please. But let’s follow the order and go Barbora Krejkova (Also a great single player, of course) and Kachina Sinyakova who recently defeated Katie McNally and Taylor Townsend to win the US Open.
WTA Player of the Year – A player who finished in the top 100 and showed significant improvement throughout the season.
Beatrice Haddad Maya
• Lots of worthy candidates. Haddad Maya, who was playing in ITF $60,000 events a year ago and is now ranked No. 15. Brazil has always been underrepresented at the highest levels of sport. no more. But we’ll get off the list and vote Jessica Pegula, an example from good to great. Two years ago, it was outside the top 50. She started the Australian Open at No. 21. She is now in No. 3 and got there not with an impressive point-scoring score but with a steady and consistent tennis win. At age 28. “Inspiration” is one of those mathematical words that gets criminally overused. But countless players must have drawn from watching her mid-career rise.
WTA Newcomer of the Year – A player who has made top 100 debuts and/or notable achievements during the season.
• It is always a mystery where these lines are drawn. Who exactly is the newcomer? Fruhvirotva, 17, is a classic meltdown. Deposit the name – and spelling – to memory. 23-year-old Niemeyer, but won 39 matches and was ranked 63rd, but even without points in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. But the vote here goes to Cheng20 years old, 38 game wins, nearly $1 million, has reached #25.
The WTA Comeback Player of the Year – Help a player who has previously been demoted due to injury or personal reasons and the results of the current season to regain rank
• Not a lot of strong options – perhaps fortunately, given that this is an injury-based award. write in Taylor Townsend-She’s the winning personal and left-handed tennis player – she returned from maternity leave and performed in singles and doubles.
Here are some of the categories we will be adding:
• Serena Williams. A lifetime achievement. “Thank you for everything you did.” something. You can’t throw a proper retirement party without acknowledging her. Here we have it Honored Sports Illustrated.
Wimbledon Champion Award
• Hard to believe we needed this, special tribute to the winner of the Greatest Event. But it’s also hard to remember a major champion who got less fanfare. to sign up Elena Rybakina Win “Champions” by combining strength, accuracy and poise. She did not get any points – which is why she, most likely at No. 22, missed the WTA Finals. Being Russian-born and based (kinda) in Russia adds a layer of awkwardness to the whole thing. But give women their right!
match of the year
• We will fill in the oval of Ash party By defeating Daniel Collins 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Australian Open. Admittedly, this is a cheap way to recognize Barty, the Hall of Fame’s first and second place finisher, who retired in February while living in the sports penthouse. But there’s a bigger point to consider: we think of ‘great matches’ as who wants more? Affairs that are 5-5 in the deciding set. But context often matters. Barty is No. 1. She plays her main role as the top seed, trying to become the first domestic producer since the 1970s to win. She also knows that this might be her last match ever. Imagine the mental strength it took to win that second-set tiebreaker.
Coach of the Year
• David Witt? good job. Issam Jalali? I did well. Diego Moyano? our end. * But unless there are extenuating circumstances – such as Caroline Garcia’s split from Bertrand Berrett late in the season – if you coach the best player, you are the best coach. Which means the award goes to Tomasz Witkorowskiaide-de-camp to Iga Swiatek.
* WTA tip hat to take steps to address this issue.
Quote from the year
• Anas Jaber-Take it away.
Q: Today is a historic day in the UK. Our Prime Minister has resigned. The man who wants to replace him, the Leader of the Opposition, has been here at Royal Box watching you. Do you think he made the right decision?
On Gabor: I have no idea. I am the Minister of Happiness
Shot of the Year (a/k/a the Radwanska)
• ladies and gentlemen, from wandwork Anas Jaber.
Glimpses in Courage Award
• Considering the folly of tennis to make a coherent statement condemning Russia and despicable Vladimir Putin without causing collateral damage, Daria Kasatkina Candor was especially welcome.
2023 WTA issues to follow….
• Will Naomi Osaka light a flame for her? Will Iga Swiatek loosen her grip? Will Coco Gauff win her first major? Will Venus Williams – for the first time in her career: the most title-winning active player – move forward? Will the WTA put its balance sheets in order? Or will she return to China?
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