Tennis Canada announced Thursday that Milos Raonic has been named the country’s Male Player of the Year for a sixth straight season, with the world No. 3 picking up the most improved and singles player of the year honours as well. In addition, world No. 15 and Canadian tennis legend Daniel Nestor is the recipient of doubles player of the year.
“This has been a phenomenal season for Canadian tennis, led by Milos’ record-breaking feats,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “He is taking tennis in Canada to new heights, and we couldn’t be prouder of everything he has accomplished. We are also so happy for Daniel and his incredible continued success; he is a true Canadian tennis legend. Both Milos and Daniel so deserve everything they have achieved, as the hard work and dedication they put into their craft is second to none. Congratulations and best of luck in 2017!”
Raonic just completed his best season on the ATP World Tour so far, ending the year at a new career-high ranking of world No. 3 – behind only Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. His biggest result on the year was making his first Slam final at Wimbledon.
The highest-ranked and most successful Canadian singles player ever, Raonic also won his eighth ATP title at Brisbane, defeating Roger Federer in the final, and finished runner-up at Indian Wells and Queen’s Club. Reaching five other semifinals at the Australian Open, Cincinnati, Beijing, Paris Masters, and ATP World Tour Finals, Raonic ended 2016 with a win-loss record of 52-17.
Thanks to his jump from No. 14 at the start of the year to a current No. 3, Raonic also is being awarded with most improved player of the year. Raonic noticeably took the next step in his game this season, upgrading his net game and overall movement on the court, to become one of the game’s most elite players. Among the players he beat in big matches in 2016 are Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, and Federer.
Nestor has taken back his perch as doubles player of the year for the 14th time in his career (also 2001-2013), after Vasek Pospisil claimed the honours the past two seasons. Nestor, who turned 44 in September, has shown no signs of slowing down. He claimed three ATP World Tour titles this year at Nottingham, Washington, and Antwerp to bring his career total to 91. His victories also make it an incredible 23 consecutive years in which he has captured at least one title.
In January, Nestor started the year by winning his 1,000th career match, becoming the first men’s doubles player to accomplish the feat and only the fourth ATP player overall behind Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, and Roger Federer. He also made his 17th Slam final at the Australian Open, and competed in his sixth Olympic Games in Rio, falling just short of the podium in the bronze-medal match with Pospisil.
The Tennis Canada Excellence Awards are selected by a committee comprised of high-ranked Tennis Canada personnel and the country’s top national coaches. The 2016 female recipients will be announced on Friday.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
|Year||Male Player of the Year||Female Player of the Year|
|1982||Rejean Genois||Marjorie Blackwood|
|1983||Glenn Michibata||Carling Bassett|
|1984||Martin Wostenholme||Carling Bassett|
|1985||Glenn Michibata||Carling Bassett|
|1986||Andrew Sznajder||Helen Kelesi|
|1987||Grant Connell||Helen Kelesi|
|1988||Andrew Sznajder||Jill Hetherington|
|1989||Andrew Sznajder||Helen Kelesi|
|1990||Grant Connell||Helen Kelesi|
|1991||Grant Connell||Patricia Hy|
|1992||Grant Connell||Patricia Hy|
|1993||Greg Rusedski||Patricia Hy|
|1994||Sebastien Lareau||Jana Nejedly|
|1995||Grant Connell||Patricia Hy-Boulais|
|1996||Sebastien Lareau||Patricia Hy-Boulais|
|1997||Daniel Nestor||Patricia Hy-Boulais|
|1998||No record of award||No record of award|
|1999||No record of award||No record of award|
|2000||Daniel Nestor & Sebastien Lareau||Sonya Jeyaseelan|
|2001||Daniel Nestor||Jana Nejedly|
|2002||Frederic Niemeyer||Maureen Drake|
|2003||Daniel Nestor||Maureen Drake|
|2004||Daniel Nestor||Aleksandra Wozniak|
|2005||Daniel Nestor||Stephanie Dubois|
|2006||Frank Dancevic||Aleksandra Wozniak|
|2007||Daniel Nestor||Stephanie Dubois|
|2008||Daniel Nestor||Aleksandra Wozniak|
|2009||Daniel Nestor||Aleksandra Wozniak|
|2010||Daniel Nestor||Rebecca Marino|
|2011||Milos Raonic||Rebecca Marino|
|2012||Milos Raonic||Aleksandra Wozniak|
|2013||Milos Raonic||Eugenie Bouchard|
|2014||Milos Raonic||Eugenie Bouchard|
|2015||Milos Raonic||Eugenie Bouchard|