Larson's & Mr. Ed's version of 2002 awards ...
www.tennisone.com analyses the awards...
Better Not Change Now
.... Amir Hadad and Aisam-ul-Haq Quresh had better keep playing doubles together for a while. Fortunately, they are happy to do so. And on Thursday, they were recognized for their willingness to look beyond local conflicts as the ATP gave them the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.
Most amazing was that, among all their various awards, this was the one listed first in the press release. "During a summer when fear and hatred garnered much of the headlines, Amir and Aisam-ul-Haq provided much needed relief with their simple message about tolerance through tennis," said ATP Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles. "It's fitting that we present the Arthur Ashe Award to these two players on the anniversary of Arthur's death, as Arthur remains the model for all of us on how athletes and sport can make a big difference in the lives of others."
The big winner in the awards, though, was Paradorn Srichaphan, who deservedly won the Most Improved Player award, and was also given the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. Paul-Henri Mathieu was Newcomer of the Year. Lleyton Hewitt was Player of the Year, and Knowles and Nestor doubles team of the year. Richard Krajicek was given Comeback of the Year.
We note with astonishment that our list of player awards agreed with all of these except the Comeback Player (we didn't consider Krajicek really eligible yet)
. What's wrong with us?
what Mr. Ed had to say...
Once again this year, some of the On The Line staffers got together to hand out kudos and brickbats for the highlights and lowlights of the 2002 tennis season. A memorable year, to be sure! Your judges, juries and executioners are: Chris Gerby, Peter van Mierlo, Ed Toombs, Ed Zafian, Beth Knizer, and our "rookie", Joshua Lemere. (6 judges in all)
Player of the Year -- Hewitt (unanimous)
Newcomer of the Year -- Mathieu (2), Blake (2), Gonzalez (1) & Gasquet (1)
Comeback of the Year -- Kracijek (3)
Most Improved Player -- Srichaphan (unanimous)
Flop of the Year -- Henman & Jorge Diaz (1); Safin (1); Kiefer (1); Grand Slam Finals (1); Arazi (1); No pick (1)
Match of the Year -- Andre vs Android, USO (2)
Most Memorable Media Moment -- Clothing Scandals USO (2)
Nice Moment of the Year -- Android winning USO (3)
Not so Nice Moment of the Year -- Clothing Rules USO
Farewell You'll be Missed -- Pioline (4)