Roger Federer has received the ATP’s Followers’ Favorite Award for the 18th straight yr, whereas Rafael Nadal picked up the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the fourth time within the end-of-season awards.
Regardless of not taking part in on the Tour for the reason that Australian Open in January, Federer’s standing because the favorite amongst supporters was as soon as extra recognised within the award voted for by tennis followers.
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The 39-year-old is hopeful of getting back from harm in time for subsequent yr’s Australian Open in February, and the Swiss mentioned he’s “coaching laborious to make that doable”.
He mentioned in a message on ATP’s Twitter: “Hey, it is Roger right here. I hope you’re all doing very well in a tough yr; I need to thanks all for successful the Followers’ Favorite award this yr once more. Because of the ATP, all of the tennis followers on the market for voting for me, believing in me and desirous to see me again on the Tour.
“I am coaching laborious to make that doable. I hope I can play in entrance of all of you guys once more very quickly. Glad vacation and a cheerful New Yr, and let’s hope all of it will get higher subsequent yr. Simply must be a little bit bit affected person for now, and I am unable to wait to see you all once more quickly.”
Nadal in the meantime received the ATP’s sportsmanship award for a 3rd straight yr, and fourth time total, with the prize recognising his “ truthful play, professionalism and integrity on and off the courtroom”.
The Spaniard mentioned he desires to be remembered as a “good particular person” in addition to a “good tennis participant”. The award comes after he levelled Federer on 20 Grand Slams when successful the French Open.
“It means lots for me to have this trophy another time, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. I’m going to place this trophy subsequent to the opposite ones in a really particular place right here,” mentioned Nadal.
Thanks very a lot to all my colleagues on Tour for pondering that I’m the appropriate one to obtain this sportsmanship award. When somebody asks me how I need to be remembered, I all the time reply, ‘I need to be remembered [as] an excellent particular person greater than an excellent tennis participant.’ That’s why this trophy means lots.
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Different awards noticed ATP gamers title Vasek Pospisil their Comeback Participant of the Yr is, whereas the Most Improved Participant of the Yr went to Andrey Rublev.
Rublev’s coach Fernando Vicente received Coach of the Yr, and Carlos Alcaraz received the Newcomer of the Yr.
Novak Djokovic ended the season because the ATP world No 1 in singles, whereas Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares have been the year-end Doubles No.1 staff.
“It is an honour to be a part of a historic group… Hopefully we will unfold consciousness all over the world for a lot of, a few years.”
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Frances Tiafoe was recognised for his social exercise off the courtroom when successful the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award “for utilizing his platform to the fullest in 2020”.
The American auctioned off signed memorabilia to Athletes for COVID-19 Reduction and posted a video, Rackets Down, Palms Up, which united the black tennis neighborhood within the wake of George Floyd’s killing.
He mentioned: “It is an honour to be a part of a historic group… Hopefully we will unfold consciousness all over the world for a lot of, a few years.”
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