2002 Awards

 

 

Best player

 

1) Lleyton Hewitt                              58

2) Andre Agassi                                  7         

    Marat Safin                                     7

4) Carlos Moya                                   5

5) Juan Carlos Ferrero                         3

6) Roger Federer                                1

     Pete Sampras                                 1

     Paradorn Srichaphan                      1

 

 

Newcomer

 

1) Paul-Henri Mathieu                     24

2) Paradorn Srichaphan                       14       

3) Richard Gasquet                             10

     Fernando González                         10

5) David Nalbandian                           6

     Mikhail Youzhny                            6

7) David Ferrer                                   2

8) Mario Ancic                                    1

     Karol Beck                                    1         

     James Blake                                   1

     Taylor Dent                                    1

     Robby Ginepri                                1

     Ignacio González-King                   1

     Feliciano López                              1

     Jarkko Nieminen                            1           

     Janko Tipsarevic                            1

  

 

Most improved player

 

1) Paradorn Srichaphan                    38       

2) Fernando González                          14

3) Jiri Novak                                       6

4) James Blake                                    3

     David Nalbandian                           3

     Rainer Schuettler                            3

7) Paul-Henri Mathieu                         2

     Andy Roddick                                2

9) Guillermo Cañas                              1

     Roger Federer                                1

     Richard Gasquet                             1

     Robby Ginepri                                1

     Sebastien Grosjean                         1              

     Xavier Malisse                               1

     Sjeng Schalken                               1    

     Radek Stepanek                             1

     Mikhail Youzhny                            1           

 

  

Comeback

 

1) Carlos Moya                                 40

2) Pete Sampras                                  16       

3) Kenneth Carlsen                             6

4) Richard Krajicek                             4

    Vincent Spadea                               4

6) Albert Costa                                   3

7) Juan Ignacio Chela                          2

     Jiri Novak                                      2

9) Guillermo Coria                               1

     Scott Draper                                  1

     Gustavo Kuerten                            1

     Dick Norman                                 1

     Magnus Norman                            1     

     Marcelo Ríos                                 1

     Vladimir Voltchkov                         1

 

 

Disappointment of the year

 

1) Andy Roddick                               15

2) Gustavo Kuerten                             9

3) Yevgeny Kafelnikov                        8

4) Marat Safin                                     6         

5) Roger Federer                                4

    Tommy Haas                                   4

    Tim Henman                                    4

    Mark Philippoussis                          4

9) Thomas Johansson                          3

     Nicolas Kiefer                                3

     Tommy Robredo                            3

12) Hicham Arazi                                2

       Taylor Dent                                  2

       Sebastien Grosjean                       2

       Magnus Norman                          2

       Andreas Vinciguerra                     2

17) Andre Agassi                                1

       Thomas Enqvist                            1

       Jan-Michael Gambill                     1

       Goran Ivanisevic                           1

       Nicolas Lapentti                           1

       Ivan Ljubicic                                1

       Kristian Pless                               1

       Marcelo Rios                               1

       Greg Rusedski                              1

 

 

Sportsmanship

 

1) Carlos Moya (*)                           10

2) Alex Corretja                                  8

3) Andre Agassi                                  7

4) Paradorn Srichaphan                       5         

5) Guillermo Cañas                              4

    Tim Henman                                    4

7) Gustavo Kuerten                             3

     Jiri Novak                                      3

9) Wayne Arthurs                                2

    Jonas Bjorkman                              2

    Juan Carlos Ferrero                         2             

    Todd Martin                                    2   

    Magnus Norman                             2

    Andy Roddick                                 2

    Marat Safin                                     2

    Pete Sampras                                  2

17) James Blake                                  1

      Bob Bryan                                    1

      Albert Costa                                 1         

      Wayne Ferreira                             1

      Fernando González                        1

      Sebastien Grosjean                        1

      Yevgeny Kafelnikov                      1

      Lleyton Hewitt                               1

      Nicolás Lapentti                            1

      Cecil Mamiit                                  1

      Nicolás Massú                              1

      Max Mirnyi                                   1

      Jarkko Nieminen                           1

      Andrei Pavel                                 1

      Sjeng Schalken                              1         

 

(*) Almost everyone highlighted his victory over Costa at the Masters Cup (he was qualified for semifinals and eliminated his countryman, letting Hewitt advance).

 

 

Dirtiest player

 

1) Lleyton Hewitt                              13       

2) Andy Roddick                                11

3) Marcelo Ríos                                  10

4) Greg Rusedski                                6

5) Andre Agassi                                  5

    Marat Safin                                     5

7) Yevgeny Kafelnikov                        4

8) Guillermo Cañas                              2

    David Nalbandian                            2

    Marc Rosset                                   2

11) Albert Costa                                 1

      Gastón Gaudio                              1

      Fernando González                        1

      Tommy Haas                                 1

      Fabrice Santoro                            1

      Jeff Tarango                                  1

 

 

Best teenager / junior prospect

 

1) Richard Gasquet                          49       

2) Mario Ancic                                    6

3) Paul-Henri Mathieu                         5

4) Brian Dabul                                     4

5) Rafael Nadal-Parera                       3

    Todd Reid                                       3

    Mikhail Youzhny                             3

8) Tomas Berdych                               1

    Mardy Fish                                     1

    Robby Ginepri                                 1

    Robert Kendrick                             1

    Gilles Muller                                    1     

    Robin Soderling                               1

 

 

Best north-american

 

1) Andre Agassi                                66       

2) Pete Sampras                                  7

3) Andy Roddick                                4

4) James Blake                                    2

5) Jan-Michael Gambill                        1

    Todd Martin                                    1

 

 

Best latinamerican

 

1) Guillermo Cañas                           31       

2) Fernando González                          20

3) David Nalbandian                           18

4) Gastón Gaudio                                4

    Gustavo Kuerten                             4

6) Marcelo Ríos                                  1

    André Sá                                        1

 

 

Best european

 

1) Carlos Moya                                 24       

2) Marat Safin                                     22

3) Juan Carlos Ferrero                         19

4) Roger Federer                                12

5) Jiri Novak                                       3

6) Tommy Haas                                  1

    Tim Henman                                    1

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov                        1

    Sjeng Schalken                                1

 

 

Best match

 

1) Hewitt d. Ferrero at Masters Cup                                  15       

2) Sampras d. Agassi at US Open                                          6

3) Cañas d. Hewitt at Roland Garros                                      4

    Cañas d. Moyá at Roland Garros                                        4

    Hewitt d. Blake at US Open                                               4

    Safin d. Kiefer at US Open                                                 4

    Safin d. Sampras at Australian Open                                   4

8) Costa d. Cañas at Roland Garros                                       3

     Hewitt d. Federer at Masters Cup                                      3

10) Agassi d. Hewitt at US Open                                            2

      Corretja d. Clement at Roland Garros                               2

      Ferrero d. Moya at Masters Cup                                      2

      Moya d. Grosjean at Masters Series Paris                         2   

      Schalken d. González at US Open                                     2   

      Youzhny d. Mathieu at Davis Cup final                              2

16) Agassi d. Feliciano Lopez at Masters Series Madrid         1

      Corretja d. Sampras at Davis Cup                                     1

      Gaudio d. Hewitt at Barcelona                                          1 

      Golmard d. Ivanisevic at Australian Open                          1

      González d. Roddick at Masters Series Cincinnati              1

      Krajicek d. Blake at Wimbledon                                       1

      Krajicek d. Philippoussis at Wimbledon                            1

      Kuerten d. Coria at Salvador de Bahia                              1

      Hewitt d. Agassi at San José                                             1

      Hewitt d. Mantilla at Masters Series Toronto                     1

      Hewitt d. Schalken at Wimbledon                                     1

      Moya d. Hewitt at Masters Series Cincinnati                     1

      Nalbandian d. Malisse at Wimbledon                                1

      Ríos d. Moya at Masters Series Toronto                           1 

      Safin d. Hewitt at Masters Series Paris                              1

 

 

Biggest upset

 

1) Bastl d. Sampras at Wimbledon                                      23       

2) Srichaphan d. Agassi at Wimbledon                                    6

3) Johansson d. Safin at Australian Open                                 5

4) Costa d. Ferrero at Roland Garros                                     2

     Kafelnikov d. Gaudio at Davis Cup (*)                              2

     A. Martin d. Hewitt at Australian Open                              2

7) Agassi d. Haas in Rome                                                      1

    Agassi d. Ríos at Miami                                                      1   

    Ancic d. Federer at Wimbledon                                          1

    Kuerten d. Safin at US Open                                              1   

    O. Rochus d. Safin at Wimbledon                                       1   

    Sampras d. Agassi at US Open                                           1

    Schalken d. Kuerten at US Open                                        1

 

(*) Saved a 2-5 deficit in the fifth set and two match points and won 8-6.

 

 

Quote of the year (*)

 

-          “If Pete’s child is a girl, my son will like her; if he’s a boy, my son will defeat him”, by Agassi.

-          “You have to remember who I am and where I will be playing”, by Sampras, before the US Open.

-          “Pete is a step and a half slower”, by Rusedski after losing to Sampras at US Open.

-          “Against him I don’t need to be a step and a half quicker”, by Sampras.

-          “C’mon”, by Hewitt.

-          Lleyton Hewitt problems with the ATP.

-          “Paul will get over it. If he was 25 years old, it might have destroyed his career, but he’s young”, by Henri Leconte after Russia’s victory in Davis Cup.

-          One of the many quotes from various sports pundits who kept insisting Sampras should retire.

-          “Yeah, I choked, but shit happens”, by Safin.

-          “Today I smash rackets for tomorrow we die”, by Safin.

-          “There’s nothing so sexy as a woman who is angry. Perhaps when she is even throwing things”, by Safin.

-          During a phone interview:

Safin: “Lady, can you speak up a little bit? Indianapolis is a little far from Europe, I can’t hear you.

-          “This is better than sex”, by Safin after winning the Davis Cup.

-          Marat Safin, after winning Paris:

Q: Fabrice Santoro said before the match that this final (against Hewitt) was going to be the N° 1 player in the world against the best player in the world. What do you think about that?

MARAT SAFIN: Thanks, Fabrice. Thanks very much. I still love him too. He’s even better, he beat me six times.

 

(*) I didn’t rank this. Just mention all the suggested ones.

 

 

Ass kicking of the year

 

1) Hewitt d. Ginepri 6-0 6-0 at Cincinnati                           17

2) Hewitt d Nalbandian 6-1 6-3 6-2 at Wimbledon                 6

3) Agassi d. Gimelstob 6-0 6-1 6-1 at US Open                     4

4) Cañas d. Montañés 6-0 6-0 at Bastad                                4

5) Agassi d. Ginepri 6-3 6-3 6-3 at US Open                         2

    Costa d. Ferrero 6-1 6-0 4-6 6-3 at Roland Garros            2

    Hewitt d. Henman 6-1 6-2 at Indian Wells                          2

    Safin d. Hewitt 7-6 6-0 6-4 at Paris                                    2

    Sampras d. Roddick 6-3 6-2 6-4 at US Open                    2

10) Agassi d. Kratochvil 6-1 6-0 at Rome                              1

      Cañas d. Sá 6-1 6-0 at Montecarlo                                  1

      Gambill d. Gaudio 6-0 6-2 6-0 at US Open                      1

      Grosjean d. Kafelnikov 7-6 6-3 6-0 at Davis Cup             1

      Kuerten d. Safin 6-4 6-4 7-5 at US Open                         1

      Safin d. Hewitt 6-3 6-1 at Hamburg                                  1

 

 

Picture of the year (*)

 

-          Sampras with the US Open trophy.

-          Sampras-Agassi embrace after US Open final.

-          Ferrero congratulating Costa at the end of Roland Garros final.

-          Hewitt with the Wimbledon trophy.

-          Hewitt with the N° 1 and Masters Cup trophy.

-          Tossing up Youzhny, Safin and Kafelnikov in the air after Davis Cup victory.

-          French team before the Davis Cup final.

-          Mathieu crying after losing to Youzhny.

-          Safin winning in Paris.

-          Kafelnikov and Voltchkov in uzbekistan robes.

-          Hadad-Qureshi sitting at Wimbledon.

-          Roddick high-fiving the crowd after winning a fantastic point against Juan Chela at the US Open.

-          Guga cheering up with the whole crowd after defeating Sanguinetti at Roland Garros.

-          Roddick and Ferrero in the promotion car at China.

-          Rafter, his wife and his baby.

-          Srichaphan’s ritual.

-          Wimbledon rain.

-          Any of Gambill’s pictures.

 

A little off-topic:

 

- Anything featuring Daniela Hantuchova.

 

(*) I didn’t rank this. Just mention all the suggested ones.

 

 

Notable sign the apocalypse is upon us (*)

 

-          Hewitt goes on as N° 1.

-          The great amount of injured players.

-          All-baseliner Wimbledon final.

-          Nalbandian reaching Wimbledon finals.

-          Sampras, Agassi and Safin defeated the same day at Wimbledon.

-          Sampras near end of his career.

-          Sampras winning the US Open.

-          Another Sampras-Agassi final at a major.

-          Johansson winning the Australian Open.

-          Srichaphan’s rise in the game, showing it’s no longer limited to a few countries.

-          Chang winning an ATP match.

-          Spadea top 100 again.

-          In spite of raquet technology and the current size of players, small counterpunchers rule.

-          Only six americans in top 50.

-          Ex president George Bush getting a standing ovation during the Sampras-Roddick Houston finals.

-          Chile out of the World Group of Davis Cup.

 

A little off-topic:

 

-          Kournikova’s high status while she cannot play tennis.

 

(*) I didn’t rank this. Just mention all the suggested ones.

 

 

Best “What the hell?” moment (*)

 

-          Bastl. defeats Sampras at Wimbledon.

-          Nalbandian reaches final at Wimbledon.

-          Sampras wins US Open.

-          Sampras hitting 12 aces in the first set of US Open final.

-          Johansson winning Australia.

-          Costa defeats Ferrero at Roland Garros final.

-          Costa defeats Safin at Masters Cup.

-          Safin crashes a Marcedes at Indian Wells, demands a new one.

-          Moya’s year of Grand Slams, not once getting past the 3rd round.

-          González defeats Sampras at Key Biscayne.

-          González, who goes hellbent for every shot, making the US Open quarters.

-          The devaluated australian team at Buenos Aires.

-          Hewitt takes a swipe of the flowers in Paris.

-          Agassi shaving his head on a TV commercial.

-          When a bird was hit by Michael Llodra in a doubles match at the Australian Open.

-          Ferrero’s hair at the US Open.

-          Ferrero losing the fifth set at the Masters Cup final.

-          Gaudio losing two match points at the Davis Cup semifinal against Kafelnikov.

-          Saulnier losing to Koubek at the Australian Open after winning the first two sets 6-0 6-1 (it was 0-6 1-6 7-6 6-4 8-6).

-          Paradorn Srichaphan.

-          Errors of judgements during Haas-Roddick at Montecarlo.

 

(*) I didn’t rank this. Just mention all the suggested ones.

 

 

“You should retire now” award

 

1) Pete Sampras                                19       

2) Yevgeny Kafelnikov                        15

     Michael Chang                               15

4) Marcelo Ríos                                  5

5) Goran Ivanisevic                             4

6) Andre Agassi                                  2

    Todd Martin                                    2

    Mark Philippoussis                          2

    Mark Rosset                                   2

10) Francisco Clavet                           1

      Lleyton Hewitt                               1

      Richard Krajicek                           1

      Magnus Norman                           1

      Gianluca Pozzi                               1

      Franco Squillari                             1

      This award should be retired          1

      Nobody, it’s better playing pro

      tennis than really work                   1

 

 

2003 predictions

 

 

Number one

 

1) Lleyton Hewitt                              34       

2) Marat Safin                                     16

3) Roger Federer                                9

4) Juan Carlos Ferrero                         3

    Gustavo Kuerten                             3

6) Andre Agassi                                  2

    Carlos Moyá                                   2

8) Guillermo Cañas                              1

     Tommy Haas                                  1

 

 

Year-end top ten players

 

1) Lleyton Hewitt                              69       

2) Juan Carlos Ferrero                     67

3) Marat Safin                                  66

4) Roger Federer                              59

5) Andy Roddick                               48

6) Carlos Moya                                 47

7) Andre Agassi                                40

8) Gustavo Kuerten                          36

9) Paradorn Srichaphan                    34

10) Fernando González                     33

11) Guillermo Cañas                            30

      Tommy Haas                                 30

13) Sebastien Grosjean                       23

14) Tim Henman                                 17

15) David Nalbandian                          15

      Jiri Novak                                     15

17) Paul-Henri Mathieu                       13

18) Gastón Gaudio                              6

19) Mikhail Youzhny                           5

20) James Blake                                  4

21) Rainer Schuettler                           3

22) Albert Costa                                 2

      Xavier Malisse                              2

      Max Mirnyi                                   2

      Pete Sampras                                2

26) José Acasuso                                1

      Guillermo Coria                             1

      Juan Ignacio Chela                         1

      Nicolas Escudé                             1

      David Ferrer                                 1

      Goran Ivanisevic                            1

      Thomas Johansson                         1

      Yevgeny Kafelnikov                      1

      Jarkko Nieminen                           1

      Mark Philippoussis                        1

      Patrick Rafter (retired)                   1

      Tommy Robredo                           1

      Sjeng Schalken                              1

 

 

Newcomer

 

1) Richard Gasquet                          12       

2) Mario Ancic                                    8

3) Robin Soderling                              6

4) Rafael Nadal-Parera                       5

    Paul-Henri Mathieu                          4

6) Marcos Baghdatis                           2

    David Ferrer                                   2

    Jarkko Nieminen                             2

    Todd Reid                                       2

10) Alex Bogomolov Jr.                      1

      Sean Cooper                                 1     

      Guillermo Coria                             1

      Brian Dabul                                   1     

      Taylor Dent                                   1

      Arnaud Di Pasquale                       1

      Robby Ginepri                               1

      Luis Horna                                    1

      Giller Muller                                  1

      Olivier Mutis                                 1

      Jean-Julien Rojer                           1

      Flavio Saretta                                1

      Andrei Stoliarov                            1

      Martin Verkerk                             1

      Andreas Vinciguerra                      1

      Luciano Vitullo                              1

         

 

Most improved

 

1) Mikhail Youzhny                           13       

2) José Acasuso                                  7

3) James Blake                                    5

    Richard Gasquet                              5   

    Paul-Henri Mathieu                          5

6) Guillermo Coria                               4   

7) David Ferrer                                   2

    Gustavo Kuerten                             2

    Jarkko Nieminen                             2

    Robin Soderling                               2

11) Mario Ancic                                  1

      Frank Dancevic                             1

      Nikolay Davydenko                      1

      Taylor Dent                                   1

      Jan Michael Gambill                      1

      Robby Ginepri                               1

      Fernando González                        1

      Harel Levy                                    1

      Feliciano López                             1

      Nicolás Massú                              1

      Mark Philippoussis                        1

      Kristian Pless                                1

      André Sá                                      1

      Raemon Sluiter                              1

      Franco Squillari                             1

      Paradorn Srichaphan                     1

      Radek Stepanek                            1

      Brian Vahaly                                 1

      Martin Verkerk                             1

           

      

Disappointment of the year

 

1) Andre Agassi                                21       

2) Andy Roddick                                17

3) Albert Costa                                   4

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov                        4

5) Thomas Johansson                          3

    Lleyton Hewitt                                 3

    Paul-Henri Mathieu                          3

8) Fernando González                          2

    Tommy Haas                                   2

    Tim Henman                                    2

    David Nalbandian                            2

    Marcelo Ríos                                  2

    Marat Safin                                     2

14) James Blake                                  1

      Taylor Dent                                   1

      Richard Krajicek                           1

      Xavier Malisse                              1

      Jiri Novak                                     1

      Patrick Rafter (retired)                   1

      Pete Sampras                                1

      Davide Sanguinetti             1

 

 

Australian Open champion

 

1) Lleyton Hewitt                              33       

2) Marat Safin                                     11

3) Andre Agassi                                  8

4) Carlos Moya                                   7

5) Roger Federer                                3

    Tommy Haas (didn’t play)               3

7) Gustavo Kuerten                             2

     Paradorn Srichaphan                      2

9) Juan Carlos Ferrero                         1

    Patrick Rafter (retired)                     1

    Andy Roddick                                 1

 

 

Roland Garros champion

 

1) Juan Carlos Ferrero                     28       

2) Gustavo Kuerten                             15

3) Marat Safin                                     8

4) Guillermo Cañas                              7

5) Fernando González                          4

    Gastón Gaudio                                4

7) Carlos Moya                                   3

8) Sebastien Grosjean                         1

    Lleyton Hewitt                                 1

    Paul Henri Mathieu                          1

 

 

Wimbledon champion

 

1) Lleyton Hewitt                              30       

2) Roger Federer                                17

3) Marat Safin                                     6

4) Pete Sampras                                  5

5) Tim Henman                                   4

6) Andre Agassi                                  3

    Patrick Rafter (retired)                     3

8) Goran Ivanisevic                             2

9) Guillermo Cañas                              1

     David Nalbandian                           1

     Andy Roddick                                1

     Rainer Schuettler                            1

     Paradorn Srichaphan                      1

 

 

US Open champion

 

1) Marat Safin                                  17       

2) Lleyton Hewitt                                16

3) Andre Agassi                                  7

4) Roger Federer                                6

    Andy Roddick                                 6

6) Tommy Haas                                  4

7) Fernando González                          3

8) James Blake                                    2

    Mikhail Youzhny                             2

    Carlos Moya                                   2

11) Guillermo Cañas                            1

       Juan Carlos Ferrero                      1

       Gustavo Kuerten                          1

       David Nalbandian                         1

       Jarkko Nieminen                          1

       Pete Sampras                               1

       Sjeng Schalken                             1

 

 

Davis Cup champion

 

1) Spain                                             25       

2) Argentina                                        17

3) France                                            10

4) Australia                                         8

5) United States                                  6

6) Russia                                             3

7) Germany                                         2

8) Brazil                                              1

    Czech Republic                               1

     Sweden                                          1

     Switzerland                                     1         

 

 

Rookie of the year

 

1) Richard Gasquet                          22       

2) Rafael Nadal-Parera                       6

3) Mario Ancic                                    5

    Robin Soderling                               5

5) Maximilian Abel                              1

    Jorge Aguilar                                   1

    Juan Martín Aranguren                    1

    Marcos Baghdatis                           1

    Federico Browne                            1

    Taylor Dent                                     1

    Mardy Fish                                     1

    Gastón Gaudio                                1

    Ricardo Mello                                 1

    Gilles Muller                                    1

    Jean-Julien Rojer                             1

    André Sá                                        1

    Janko Tipsarevic                             1

    Yeu-Tzuoo Wang                            1

 

 

Players who will retire

 

1) Pete Sampras                                40       

2) Yevgeny Kafelnikov                       32

3) Marc Rosset                                   15

4) Todd Martin                                   14

5) Michael Chang                                12

6) Richard Krajicek                             11

7) Andre Agassi                                  9

8) Francisco Clavet                             5

    Goran Ivanisevic                              5

    Wayne Ferreira                               5

    Magnus Larsson                              5

12) Gianluca Pozzi                               4

13) Alex Corretja                                3

14) Thomas Enqvist                             2

       Félix Mantilla                                2

       Mark Philippoussis                       2

       Patrick Rafter (already retired)      2

       Marcelo Ríos                               2

19) Hicham Arazi                                1

      Wayne Arthurs                              1

       Byron Black (already retired)        1

       Cristiano Caratti                           1

       Albert Costa                                1

       Younes El Aynaoui                       1

       Thomas Johansson                       1

       Magnus Norman                          1

       Andrei Pavel                                1

       Greg Rusedski                              1

       Davide Sanguinetti                        1     

     

 

Geronimooo award (player who will fall in the rankings)

 

1) Thomas Johansson                       13                   

2) Andre Agassi                                  8

3) Albert Costa                                   7

     Yevgeny Kafelnikov                       7

     Pete Sampras                                 7

6) David Nalbandian                           5

7) Jiri Novak                                       4

8) Andy Roddick                                3

9) Tommy Haas                                  2

    Tim Henman                                    2

    Lleyton Hewitt                                 2

    Davide Sanguinetti                           2

13) Guillermo Cañas                            1

      Cristiano Caratti                            1

      Daniel Elsner                                 1

      Andrea Gaudenzi                           1

      Justin Gimelstob                            1

      Sebastien Grosjean                        1

      Magnus Larsson                            1         

      Xavier Malisse                              1

      Gianluca Pozzi                               1

      Greg Rusedski                               1

      Marat Safin                                   1

      Fabrice Santoro                            1