I think we've had 600 threads speculating on these, and they really aren't *that* important, but whatever. I get bored sometimes
2003 ATP Awards Presented by Waterford Crystal to be Announced in Miami
Indian Wells, California, USA -- The prestigious 2003 ATP Awards Presented by Waterford Crystal will be announced on Wednesday March 24 at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. The 2003 Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award will be among the awards announced.
As part of the Awards, the ATP 'Fan Favorite' will be announced. Voting is now open at ATPtennis.com, where fans can cast a vote for their favorite ATP star.
Voted for by the players themselves, the following award categories recognize a candidate's standing among his peers.
Most Improved Player
To the player who reached a significantly higher INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking by year’s end and who demonstrated an increasingly improved level of performance through the year. (2002/2003 year-end INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking indicated for each nominee.)
Guillermo Coria (45/5) First Argentine since 1982 to win five titles in a season
Mardy Fish (81/20) Finished as No. 3 American and won first ATP title
Nicolas Massu (56/12) Became Chile's No. 1 for first time and won 2 ATP titles
Rainer Schuettler (33/6) Surged into Top 10 for first time in his career
Martin Verkerk (86/19) Roland Garros finalist made big jump into Top 20
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
To the player who, throughout the year, conducted himself at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, who competed with his fellow players with the utmost spirit of fairness and who promoted the game through his off-court activities.
Newcomer of the Year
To the player who, based on his ranking move in 2003, is expected to make the biggest impact on the ATP circuit in 2004. (2002/2003 year-end INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking indicated for each nominee.)
Thierry Ascione (544/89) Made biggest jump of any player to finish in Top 100
Nicolas Mahut (266/94) Finished Top 100 for first time with 23-13 Challenger mark
Rafael Nadal (235/47) 17-year-old Spaniard finished Top 50 with 14-11 record
Robin Soderling (176/59) Jumped 100+ spots and reached Stockholm final
Filippo Volandri (154/4 Was 2-5 career at ATP level before his 18-18 season
Comeback Player of the Year
To the player who has overcome serious injury in re-establishing himself as one of the top players on the ATP circuit. (Lowest 2002-‘03 INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking/year-end 2003 INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking indicated for each nominee.)
Gustavo Kuerten (55/16) Missed two months in '02 after hip surgery but won two titles in 2003 and finished Top 20
Andrei Pavel (191/72) Missed 6 months of '03 season with wrist and back injuries but finished year by reaching BNP Paribas Masters final
Mark Philippoussis (104/9) Surged to his first year-end Top 10 finish after serious knee injury at US Open ended his '02 season
Dmitry Tursunov (331/9 Missed first six months of '02 season with a back injury. In '03 finished Top 100 for first time
Further Awards to be Announced:
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award
ATP Masters Series Tournament of the Year
International Series Gold Tournament of the Year
International Series Tournament of the Year