Year End Awards……according to Jason

Also known as The T-Dubbys.

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Without further ado:

Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Nominees:
-       Roger Federer. Surpassed Sampras’ all time Grand Slam record and won that elusive French Open title. With his win at Roland Garros this year, he is, and it hurts me to type this, the greatest player of all time.

-       Andre Agassi. Got the whole nation to talk about tennis. Hey, like they say, any publicity is good publicity. With his book, Open,  he single-handedly placed tennis at the front of sporting news. Until some guy named Tiger ran into a fire hydrant.

-      Rafael Nadal. Came out of the gates of 2009 hot! Won the Australian Open in an epic match against Federer. Won again at the “5th Slam”, BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Then, his knees decided enough was enough. Ended the year strong on his favorite surface, clay, helping Spain win the Davis Cup.

-       Serena Williams. Say what you will about her and her attitude, but she dominated 2009. Including her doubles record, Serena won 5 Grand Slams this year. 5! Plus, she put foot faulting on the map! Don’t tell me you weren’t constantly calling foot faults on your friends when you went out and played.
Winner: Roger Federer


Surprise Player of the Year (SPY)
Nominees:
-       Melanie Oudin. At the 2009 US Open, what did Elena Dementieva (4), Maria Sharapova (29), and Nadia Petrova (13) all have in common? They all lost to the 17-year-old American.  This might’ve been the first time you heard of her, but earlier, she upset Sybille Bammer (29) and Jelena Jankovic (6) at Wimbledon. USA! USA! USA!

-       Kim Clijsters. If I could borrow a line from Johnny Mac, “You cannot be serious!” How does one take two years off from tennis to have a baby, then, come back and in only her 3rd tournament, win the US Open?! She beat Venus Williams before beating Serena in the now, infamous Footgate incident.

-       Juan Martin Del Potro. As a major underdog, beat world #2 Rafael Nadal in the semis then beat defending champion Roger Federer in the finals at the US Open. He was down 2 sets and a break too. ‘Nuff said.
Winner: Juan Martin Del Potro


Best Supporting Player in a Loss (BSPL)
Nominees:
-       Fernando Verdasco @ Australian Open vs. Rafael Nadal. This was the longest match in Australian Open history. Unbelievable points, ridiculously long exchanges, a heavyweight slugfest, but in the end, Nadal was the victor. And it only took him 5 hours and 14 minutes. I wonder if he went for a run afterward to get some real exercise. Yes people, that was sarcasm.

-       Andy Roddick @ Wimbledon vs. Roger Federer. I’m not saying this was better than last year’s final, but this was one hell of an encore. Facing the pressure to hold or lose in the 5th set, Roddick held serve 11 times before getting broken for the match.
Winner: Andy Roddick


Best Point
Nominees: I’ll let the videos do the talking
-       Clijsters vs. Wozniacki. US Open Finals.
-       Federer vs. Djokovic. US Open Semi-Finals.
-       Nadal vs. Verdasco. Australian Open Semi-Finals.
-       Nadal vs. Federer. Australian Open Finals.
-       Monfils vs. Ferrero. Rogers Cup.
Winner: Nadal vs. Federer. Australian Open Finals


Biggest Upset
Nominees:
-       Soderling over Nadal @ The French Open. The King of Clay was going for his 5th straight French Open title. Just weeks before, he won two other clay tournaments. 32 straight matches won at Roland Garros. He never even lost a match in his career at Roland Garros. Ok, you get the picture. All that came to in end in the 4th round when Soderling beat him in 4 sets.

-       Del Potro over Federer @ The US Open. Rafa was only going for 5 straight titles at Roland Garros. Federer was going for 6 in a row. Down 2 sets and a break, Del Potro rallied all the way back with his 100+ MPH forehands and handed Federer his first loss since 2003. Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!
Winner: Soderling over Nadal


Ms. Congeniality
Nominees:
-       Serena Williams. Come on! I had to give her a shout out. Pun intended.
Winner: Serena Williams


That’s it. 2009 is in the books. Do you have any nominees for these categories? Did I miss any obvious ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s to a great 2010 season,

Jason, TW

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6 thoughts on “Year End Awards……according to Jason

  1. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT ROGER WOULD HAVE NEVER WON FRENCH OPEN THIS YEAR IF RAFA WOULD’NT HAVE LOST IN THE 4TH ROUND!!!!SO LETS NOT COUNT 15 SLAMS OF ROGER BUT 14…THE FRENCH OPEN CANNOT BE FOR HIM……..NEVER,NEVER,NEVER!!!!

  2. hey jason
    “Juan Martin Del Potro. As a major underdog, beat defending champion Rafael Nadal in the semis”
    wasn’t federer defending champ?

  3. Jason Seo, correct, Rafa never made even the final of USO.

    Olivia, Nadal didn’t deserve the title this year and Federer did. If Nadal DID deserve it he would have won.

  4. I have a thing for Serena too. She is the hottest babe on the tour. But I bet she’s not a easy stick to handle

  5. i agree with flamenemy about nadal, he is one of the fitest players on the atp tour but this was not his year for the french open title, and seriously olivia you cant take away his career grandslam just because nadal wasnt there to make him earn it, i think federer earned it when he played (i think) 2 5 setters in a row to even get to the final

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