The moment of the ATP awards, as we know, is one of the most anticipated of the season. After a whole year on the playing fields, we want to know who among the tennis players has excelled in the different categories. While waiting to meet the winners of the 2020 season, let's look back to find out who has achieved the most in each category.
Let's start with what is probably one of the most popular titles: best player of the year. On the top step of the podium, with 6 successes, we find Peter Sampras and Novak Djokovic. The only difference between the two is that the American won them consecutively, from 1993 to 1998, while Nole took 9 years in total.
A little below, with 5 successes in total, we find three players: Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Like Sampras, the Swede also managed to win them all consecutively, from 1976 to 1980. Finally, on the lowest step of the podium, with 3 wins, we find John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl.
If there are many US triumphs in the single, there is no history in the double. In first place we find the brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, who from 2003 to 2014 won the title as best doublers for 10 times. In second place we find the Australian couple formed by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, with 5 successes.
Todd Woodbridge actually won the title a sixth time, in 2001, paired with Jonas Bjorkman. The third most prolific couple, with 4 successes, is once again from the United States: they are Peter Fleming and John McEnroe. Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic recently spoke to WTA player Vicky Duval on her podcast, exploring a range of topics - right from the players he idolized growing up to his future plans in tennis.
And his comments on a certain Roger Federer were rather interesting, for lack of a better word.
Tomic on Roger Federer
At the end of the podcast, the Australian was asked if he would like to play till 38 or 39 years of age like Roger Federer has.
Bernard Tomic replied that while playing for 9-10 years from now was out of the question for him, he would still like to play till 35. "I believe I've been on the tour for a while. I was 16, I was winning matches at the Australian Open, my success came at a young age.
I don't think I can play till at least 38 or 39 like Federer, that's 9-10 years from now. Probably not, probably the maximum I'll go to will be 34-35 so we'll see. I just got my spirit together to maybe to survive another 5, 6 or 7," Tomic quipped.
Reflecting on Federer this season, we’ve not seen him in action since the Australian Open at the beginning of the year. He had to undergo surgery on his knee which forced him to remain out of the game for a fair amount of time.
Not so long ago, Roger received the ‘RF’ logo back. Uniqlo wasted no time in launching apparel rocking the ‘RF’ logo on them. Just a day back, he even launched another logo. It goes with a capital R followed by a period.