ATP World Tour Awards 2011: And the Winners Are
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal clinched their 2011 ATP World Tour Awards, presented by Moët & Chandon. The outstanding ATP Players received their trophies, created by Tipperary Crystal, at the special on-court ceremonies, held between the matches of ATP World Tour Finals at О2 Arena in London.
Novak Djokovic was honoured as the highest-ranked player in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings for the first time, following his almost flawless season, during which he won three Grand Slam titles and 5 Masters Titles.
Roger Federer received two trophies, winning Fans’ Favourite Award taking it for a ninth consecutive year, and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award being honoured for a seventh time in eight years.
Rafael Nadal was honoured to receive the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. His charity, Rafa Nadal Foundation, is helping socially disadvantaged youngsters.
Here are all the winners of 2011 ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS
ATP World Tour No. 1:
Novak Djokovic : Djokovic won 10 ATP tour titles, including three Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open) and five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. Became No. 1 in the ATP Rankings after Wimbledon, and went 70-6 in 2011.
ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Americans won eight ATP titles, including two Grand Slams and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. The twins secured the No. 1 team ranking seventh time in nine years.
Newcomer of the Year
Milos Raonic: The 20-year-old Canadian soared from No. 156 at the beginning of the year to No. 31 in the year-end ranking. Raonic became the first Canadian to win a tour-level title in 16 years, clinching San Jose title without loosing a set (d. Verdasco).
Most Improved Player of the Year
Alex Bogomolov Jr.: The 28-year-old Boca-Raton resident jumped from No. 166 (at the end of 2010) up to the career-high No. 33 in the ATP year-ending ranking. Bogomolov reached the quarter-finals at six ATP tournaments, and clinched his biggest win byin his career by ousting Andy Murray in Miami.
Comeback Player of the Year
Juan Martin del Potro: The former World No. 4 and 2009 US Open Champion returned to winning ways in 2011 after a severe wrist injury forced him to miss almost all 2010 season. The 23-year-old Argentinean jumped to No. 11 in the ATP Rankings and won two ATP World Tour titles in Delray Beach and Estoril.
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
Rafael Nadal: The Spaniard received the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, recognising his contribution through the Rafa Nadal Foundation. The Foundation offers educational programmes for socially disadvantaged youngsters making use of sport as a means for personal and social integration.
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
Roger Federer: ATP players voted Federer as the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award Winner for the seventh time in eight years. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were also nominated for this award.
Fans’ Favorite Award (Singles)
Roger Federer: The Swiss superstar extends his record leadership as the most popular ATP player, selected by fans clinching the award for a record ninth consecutive year.
Fans’ Favorite Award (Doubles)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Bryan brothers continue their reign in this fan-voted nomination, securing it for a seventh consecutive time.