Biggest Takeaways from the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards
The ATP World Tour Awards are less notable than the Oscars, but more significant than the typical high school "most likely" honors.
These annual year-end awards in pro tennis garner little media attention. However, they do provide insight into what players think about their peers.
The award for the player ranked No. 1 at the end of the year was decided on the court. The winner of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award was chosen by ATP officials. The Fan Favorite, of course, was chosen by fans.
But the rest of the awards are voted on by the players, who compete against each other during the grueling year-long tour.
Based on the results, here are the biggest takeaways from the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards.
Everybody Loves Roger
Roger Federer received three awards during an on-court ceremony at the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, which is is voted on by the players, for a ninth time. He also won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award and Fan Favorite award.
Being lauded by fans, peers and executives in the sport demonstrates just how beloved and respected Federer is in the game today.
Jiri Vesely Is Best of the New Bunch
With talented players arriving on tour every year, it's easy to speculate about who is the real deal. Perhaps it's Jiri Vesely, winner of the Newcomer of the Year award.
The award is given to the youngest player who finishes in the tour's Top 100. The 20-year-old Vesely began the season ranked outside of the top 250, but reached a career-high No. 78 in August. He is currently ranked No. 83.
Rafael Nadal Completes His Comeback
Players voted Rafael Nadal at the Comeback Player of the Year. A knee injury kept Nadal away from the game for seven months before he returned to win the French Open and the U.S. Open. He also recaptured his No. 1 world ranking.
Bryan Brothers Are Doubles Dynamic Duo
Bob and Mike Bryan will end the year as the No. 1 doubles team for a fifth straight year. They were also voted the tour's favorite doubles team by fans. This brotherly duo make doubles seem super cool.
This year, the brothers won Wimbledon and became the first doubles team to hold all of the Grand Slam titles at once.
Busta Bustin Loose
Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta was voted the Most Improved Player by his peers. Busta finished 2012 ranked 715, but is currently ranked No. 65. He also won 35 straight matches on the Challenger Tour.
Novak Djokovic's Season Surprisingly Disappointing
Despite holding the No. 1 spot in men's tennis for most of the year, Novak Djokovic picked up no awards.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer, who slump this year, walked away with three ATP awards. It seems no matter how many tournaments that Djokovic wins or where he's ranked, as long as Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the game, the Serbian will be viewed as a third wheel.
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