Roger Federer swept the top ATP World Tour Awards for 2009, winning the Player of the Year, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (as voted by the players) and the Fans’ Favorite Player of the Year (as voted by 52% of fans.) And talk about streaks: his peers have now given him the sportsmanship award for a record sixth consecutive year – Edberg, himself, won it five times over eight years. Roger’s been fan favorite for seven straight seasons. This is his fifth year as Player of the Year, which is determined by 2009 ranking points.
“I am very proud of these recognitions,” said Federer. “It was a great achievement to once again finish the season at No. 1, especially in a year that was so special for me off the court with my marriage and birth of my daughters. It is also very humbling to be awarded the sportsmanship award again by my fellow ATP players, many of whom I have known for a long time. Additionally, I would like to thank my fans for voting me as the Fans’ Favourite. I always try to exhibit fair play and be a good sport, and it is the fans that inspire me to play this wonderful game.”
Bob and Mike Bryan were named Doubles Team of the Year for the fifth time in seven years.
Former pro MaliVai Washington won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with underprivledged children.
Rounding up the awards voted on by ATP players: John Isner won Most Improved Player of the Year. Horacio Zeballos from Argentina won Newcomer of the Year – he’s the third ranked Argentine behind del Potro and Monaco. Swiss Marco Chiudinelli won Comeback Player of the Year for jumping 723 ranking points since 2008.
The players’ favorite tournaments included the Shanghai Masters, the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships at the ATP 500 level and the ATP 250 level SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.
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