The 2nd Annual T-Dubbys are here! If you missed last year’s award ceremony, click here.
After such an epic 2009, 2010 had some high expectations to live up to, but I think she did a great job. Nadal completed a career slam, Djokovic closed the gap between him and the top 2 players, Wozniacki won 6 titles, and I believe the Isner/Mahut match just ended about 5 minutes ago.
And to celebrate all of the fantastic achievements from the past year, we have the highly sought after T-Dubby’s. Put on your Sunday best and get ready for this years award show. Without further ado.
Surprise Player of the Year (SPY)
- Michael Llodra. OK, I must admit that I didn’t know who Michael Llodra was before 2010. I didn’t even know who he was the first half of 2010. But that’s the point of this category. His serve and volley playing style is just so exciting to watch! Don’t believe me? Watch the highlights of his match against Berdych. He beat Novak Djokovic at the BNP Paribas Masters and Tomas Berdych at the US Open.
- Mardy Fish. Whipped himself into shape for the 2010 season and it showed. The leaner, meaner Mardy Fish won a couple tournaments, beat players like Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco, and Andy Roddick. He reached a career high ranking of 16.
- Caroline Wozniacki. Would she be where she is today without Serena Williams’ injuries? We’ll never know, but 6 titles is 6 titles.
Winner: Caroline Wozniacki
Best Supporting Player in a Loss (BSPL)
- Andy Murray @ World Tour Finals vs. Rafael Nadal. I don’t think I’ve seen Murray play at a higher level. The type of shots he was making was unbelievable, and he kept doing it over and over. The way he was playing, he would’ve beat 99.99% of the world. Unfortunately for him, Rafa was standing across that net and he’s the .01%.
- Nicolas Mahut @ Wimbledon vs. John Isner. When I had to go play tennis, it was 18 all in the 5th, and I remember thinking to myself, “If I leave now, I’m going to miss the end of this match!” Little did I know, I would’ve had time to play a 5 setter myself, watch all the 14 or so Harry Potter movies, deliver a baby, and I still would’ve had time to watch the end of this epic match. Not the prettiest match ever played, but both players showed tremendous heart and determination.
Winner: Nicolas Mahut. (Fun Fact: Mahut ended up winning more points than Isner)
The “No Way” Award. Best Point.
*When you’re watching the point unfold and you find yourself saying, “No way! No way!” over and over again.
Nominees: Why read what I have to say when these videos can do 6.3 times the job I can.
- Federer vs. Dabul. 1st round at US Open
- Nadal vs. Ferrer. Rome Finals.
- Nadal vs. Verdasco. Monte Carlo Finals.
- Francesca Schiavone vs. Alona Bondarenko. US Open
- Monfils vs. Roddick. Tokyo Quarterfinals
- Murray vs Cilic. Australian Open Semi-Finals
Winner: Nadal vs Ferrer
- Honarable Mention: Hit for Haiti.
- Llodra over Berdych @ The US Open. Berdych had a ton of momentum going into the US Open with solid showings at both the French and Wimbledon. Who would’ve predicted that the French Volleying Machine would beat him in straight sets in the first round?
- Melzer over Djokovic @ The French Open. It’s shocking enough that Melzer took out the 3rd seed. But add to that the fact that Djokovic was up 2 sets to none, and it’s an upset worth talking about. Or blogging about, as it were.
Winner: Melzer over Djokovic
And finally, the most important award of the night…….
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
- Rafael Nadal. Started 2010 with a scare by pulling out of a quarterfinal match against Murray at the Aussie Open. But then he caught fire. Not literally. From that tournament on, all he did was: win all three clay court Masters titles, break the all time record for most Masters titles (18), win the French, Wimbledon, and US Open, complete a career Golden Slam, regain his #1 status, score an endorsement deal in which he gets to rock a $525,000 watch made by Richard Mille, and appear in a Shakira video. I think that last one is the most impressive.
- Let’s face it; there are other players that had a pretty good year (Federer, Serena, Clijsters, Wozniacki), but no ones taking this award from Nadal, I’m pretty sure that of all his trophies and awards that he won this year, the T-Dubby will be his most cherished.
Winner: Rafael Nadal
A memorable 2010 tennis season filled with record breaking achievements and jaw dropping shots has come to a close. What can 2011 bring us? Can Rafael Nadal win all four majors? Will Caroline Wozniacki or Andy Murray finally win their first major? Is the next great American tennis player going to emerge?
Here’s to a great 2011!