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The 2017 ATP Awards – Help Ubitennis Choose Our Nominations

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Roger Federer winning his 11th Stefan Edberg award (zimbio.com)

As the year approaches its climax, the selection process for the annual ATP Awards has begun. The head of Ubitennis is one of the members of the media invited to vote, but this time our nominees will be decided by our readers.

 

Started in the 1970s, the ATP awards recognize players, coaches and tournaments for their achievements over the season. The voting process differs for each category with both players and fans taking part. Meanwhile, the Emirates rankings dictates which player will receive the year-end number one honour.

Ubitennis will be voting on which players should be shortlisted for three different categories. The most improved player, the comeback player of the year and the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award.

The most improved player recognizes those who has risen up the rankings and improved their performance over the past 12 months. Alexander Zverev is a nominee for this category following his stellar year. Rising 20 places to fourth in the world since the start of the season, the German has won five ATP titles, including two Masters 1000 trophies. Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta has broken new territory by reaching the quarter-finals at two grand slams (French Open and Wimbledon). The 26-year-old now lies at a ranking high of 10th in the world, claiming his sole title of the season so far in Estoril, Portugal. Another candidate is Denis Shapovalov, who has risen almost 200 places to 51st in the world. At the age of 18 he has already won two Challenger titles and reached the fourth round of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are likely to battle it out for the comeback player of the year trophy. Each player has won two grand slam titles since returning to the tour from injury. 36-year-old Federer missed six months last year due to a knee injury, but returned to the tour winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon Championships. Meanwhile, Nadal previously experienced problems with his wrist before returning to world No.1 this season. The Spaniard currently has five ATP titles under his belt in 2017, including a tenth French Open trophy as well as the US Open. Other contenders include US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and Janko Tipsarevic.

Finally, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award recognizes those who has conducted a high level of professionalism and integrity. Federer has dominated the category in recent years, winning it a record 12 times. Candidates this season include Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic.

How does the Ubitennis vote work?

Those invited to participate in the selection process are asked to rank players. Ubitennis will invite our readers to fill out a short survey (see below) to pick who they think should win each category. The four players with the highest score for each category will then be officially nominated to the awards by us. Putting the decision in the hands of our readers.

We also invite readers to comment at the bottom on this article if they feel that there is a name missing and deserve to be nominated. We will also take those comments into consideration.

The poll will be open for 48 hours to allow enough time for the votes to be counted and submitted to the ATP.

The ATP Awards will take place in November.

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Pre-Wimbledon Shake-Up Sees Birmingham Lose Premier Status And Mallorca Gain Men’s Tournament

Changes have been made to the grass-court season from 2020 onwards.

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A Premier grass-court women’s event have been moved to another country following changes made to the schedule of tournaments leading up to Wimbledon.

 

The Birmingham International, which is the only woman’s-only event held in the UK, has had their status reduced. Going from Premier level to international and subsequently dropping down from offering $1 million to $250,000 in prize money. The move comes after organisers of the event admitted they have found it financially tough to maintain the event and make a profit. Birmingham had held a premier status since 2014 with past winners including Ash Barty, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.

Instead the German capital of Berlin will host a new Premier event. It will take place at the Lawn Tennis Turnier Club Rot-Weiß (LTTC), which once held the German Open between 1979-2008. A clay-court tournament that was also part of the WTA Tour. However, this time round the surface will be grass. In a statement published by the LTTC, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to be a patron for the new event and there will some redevelopment of the venue in the coming months.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the absolute world-class women’s tennis on the grounds of the LTTC “Rot-Weiß” In the coming summer from 15 to 21 June 2020! Twelve years after the last German Open, our club will live up to many expectations with this worldwide international tournament.” A press release reads.

There have also been proposals for a separate WTA tournament to take place in Germany the week after Berlin in Bad Homburg. The event would replace the Istanbul Open, however, it is still subject to approval from the WTA board.

On the ATP Tour, there has been a change to one of the events taking place during the week before Wimbledon. Mallorca will now hold a 250 tournament instead of Antalya. Raising speculation about if Rafael Nadal could play in the event in the future. Nadal hasn’t played a grass-court event outside of Wimbledon since 2015, but lives in the Balearic Island.

“A strong and successful grass court season is absolutely critical to the future of grass court tennis and thus the future success of The Championships.” The chairman of the AELTC, Philip Brook, said in a statement.
“Having worked to expand the grass court season to be a meaningful gap between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, we are pleased to be making these significant further investments into ensuring that quality grass court tournaments can be provided at all levels of the professional game for the best interests of the players and the broader tennis family.”

The 2020 grass swing of the tour will get underway during the week commencing June 8th.

Full schedule

Week 1: Nottingham (WTA International), S’Hertogenbosch (ATP 250/WTA International), Stuttgart (ATP 250)

Week 2: Berlin (WTA Premier), Birmingham (WTA International), Queen’s (ATP 500), Halle (ATP 500)

Week 3: Mallorca (ATP 250), Eastbourne (WTA Premier) – TBC: Bad Homburg (WTA International)

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French Open Finalist Marketa Vondrousova Undergoes Surgery

It is a premature end to what has been a breakthrough season for the Czech.

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Czech rising star Marketa Vondrousova will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an operation on her left wrist.

 

The 20-year-old made the announcement on her Instagram account where she uploaded a picture of herself after undergoing the procedure. Vondrousova hasn’t played a match on the tour since Wimbledon, where she first sustained the injury. According to Czech media, she received treatment at the same facility which Petra Kvitova attended following a knife attack that severely injured her playing hand.

“For two months I tried to treat my wrist conservatively and tried everything possible. Unfortunately, nothing led to a significant improvement. That is why I decided on this solution, which should relieve me of my pain for good,” Vondrousova said is a statement issued by her team.
“Unfortunately for me, 2019 ended earlier than I wanted. I can’t wait to play back on the courts without pain anymore, she added.

The premature end draws the curtain on what has been a breakthrough season for Vondrousova. At the French Open she defeated Petra Martic and Johanna Konta en route to the final. Becoming the youngest player to do so at the tournament since Ana Ivanovic back in 2007. She was denied the title by Ash Barty, who prevailed in straight sets.

Yet to win a title, Vondrousova has managed to remain consistent on the tour by reaching the quarter-finals or better at six consecutive tournaments between February and June. Including the final of the Budapest Open. During that time, she managed to score two wins over Simona Halep. The highest ranked player she has defeated so far in her career.

Vondrousova is currently ranked 22nd in the world. She ends the season with a win-loss record of 29-9.

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Jamie Murray Wants More Funding For Scottish Tennis Ahead Of Challenger Event

Jamie Murray wants more funding for Scottish Tennis after admitting disappointing response from the LTA.

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Jamie Murray has spoken out on his frustration at the LTA for not giving Scottish enough funding ahead of the Glasgow Challenger event. 

 

The seven-time grand slam champion is getting ready for the Murray Trophy in Glasgow which begins this week where he will be competing.

However one of the concerns right now is the lack of funding it is receiving despite the success of the Murray brothers, who have won a combined ten grand slams between them.

Ahead of the event in Glasgow, the doubles specialist think more can be done to capitalise on their success, “I think so. Certainly from what we’ve achieved over the last however many years, going back to our junior days of playing,” Murray said to STV News.

“If you think about the Scottish players that have represented us in Davis Cup and won ties, I would say they do (deserve more funding), We’re a country after all, not a county.

“Things could have been better over the last ten years to make the most of what Andy has been achieving. Up here Tennis Scotland are doing their best to take things forward. We haven’t always had the best deal from the money that the LTA gets to hand out to Tennis Scotland.”

It’s certainly an issue that has been raging on for the last few years that both Andy and Jamie Murray have been very passionate about.

But only time will tell whether the Lawn Tennis Association listen to the concerns of the two men have been responsible for Great Britain’s recent tennis success.

As for Murray he will be partnering John-Patrick Smith in the event, which is taking place this week and is looking to continue his momentum after winning the US Open mixed doubles title.

Now for the Brit, his main goal is to win Wimbledon as he looks to achieve more doubles success, “It’s been exciting for me in the last few years to go to these level of tournaments and feel you’ve got a genuine chance to win,” Murray admitted.

“For me, Wimbledon would be the biggest goal until the end of my career, to win the men’s doubles. It didn’t work out for me this year but next year. There’s always next year.”

 

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