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TENNIS CANADA NAMES RAONIC 2014 BIRKS MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dec 05, 2014
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TENNIS CANADA NAMES RAONIC 2014 BIRKS MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Raonic also wins Most Improved award; Pospisil crowned Doubles Player of the Year

Toronto, December 5, 2014 – Tennis Canada announced Friday the male recipients of the 2014 Tennis Canada Excellence Awards. Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) has been named Birks Male Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Continuing to grow as an athlete every year, Raonic took the next step in 2014 by making his maiden Grand Slam semifinal, qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, and solidifying his place in the Top 10. Also the 2014 Most Improved Male Player of the Year, Raonic’s year-end ranking is No. 8, up from 2013’s No. 11. Rounding out the male high performance awards is Wimbledon champion Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), the recipient of Male Doubles Player of the Year. Pospisil’s triumph in this category breaks Daniel Nestor’s streak of 13 straight years winning the award.

“I am so impressed by how Milos has composed himself throughout his career and how he is able to get better and better every year,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “He continues to outdo himself and he put together an extraordinary season, one of the best for a Canadian tennis player ever. He and Vasek are both excellent role models to our growing base of tennis fans in Canada, and I wish them both the best in their very bright futures. Congratulations to Milos and Vasek on absolutely incredible years!”

After recovering from an ankle injury that interrupted the start of his season, Raonic put together an impressive, all-around year. He was the portrait of consistency at Masters 1000 events, making the quarter-finals or better – including one final and two semifinals – at seven of the nine top-tier tournaments. After making the semifinals at Rome, where he pushed Novak Djokovic to three sets, Raonic became the first male Canadian to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open Era at Roland Garros. He progressed even further at Wimbledon by making the semifinals.

In the first all-Canadian ATP World Tour final at Washington, Raonic defeated Pospisil to claim his sixth title and biggest one of his career to date. After making the Cincinnati semifinals and dropping a five-set fourth rounder at the US Open, the 23-year-old also made the Tokyo final. His most impressive result arguably came at the Paris Masters, where he picked up his first win over a member of the Big Three by taking out Roger Federer in the quarter-finals en route to his second career Masters 1000 final. The result also earned him a position in the eight-man field at the ATP World Tour Finals. Reaching a high of No. 6, Raonic continues to break his own Canadian records.

“It’s an honour to receive this award from Tennis Canada once again,” said Raonic. “It’s always nice to be recognized in my home country and I can always feel the great support I receive from Canadian tennis fans back home all through the year. This award is a sign of all the hard work I’ve put in this season. I’m happy with the progress I was able to make, and I’m now really looking forward to 2015.”

“Despite his young age, Milos Raonic has already left a unique impression thanks to his maturity and sportsmanship. His love of the game makes him the ideal recipient of the Tennis Canada Excellence Awards,’’ said Jean-Christophe Bédos, President and CEO of Birks Group Inc.

Pospisil, last year’s Most Improved Male Player, has usurped doubles legend Nestor as Male Doubles Player of the Year for 2014. Pospisil engineered a phenomenal season on the doubles circuit in 2014, starting with his performance at Wimbledon with first-time partner Jack Sock of the United States. The two young stars excited the tennis world with their run to the Wimbledon championship, beating world No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan in a five-set final to claim the prestigious trophy. They didn’t end there, winning Atlanta and making the Masters 1000 final at Cincinnati before suffering their first defeat. The duo went 14-0 to start their partnership, an ATP World Tour record for a debut team. Pospisil also succeeded with other partners later in the year, clinching his third career title at Basel with Nenad Zimonjic and making the Beijing final with Julien Benneteau. Starting 2014 with a doubles ranking of No. 89, Pospisil is up to world No. 14 and he hit a high of No. 12 in November.  

The Tennis Canada Excellence Awards are selected by a committee comprised of high-ranking Tennis Canada personnel and the country’s top national coaches.

TENNIS CANADA EXCELLENCE AWARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONOURS

Year

Male Player of the Year

Female Player of the Year

1982

Rejean Genois (Laval, QC)

Marjorie Blackwood (Whistler, BC)

1983

Glenn Michibata (Toronto, ON)

Carling Bassett (Toronto, ON)

1984

Martin Wostenholme (Toronto, ON)

Carling Bassett (Toronto, ON)

1985

Glenn Michibata (Toronto, ON)

Carling Bassett (Toronto, ON)

1986

Andrew Sznajder (Toronto, ON)

Helen Kelesi (Toronto, ON)

1987

Grant Connell (Vancouver, BC)

Helen Kelesi (Toronto, ON)

1988

Andrew Sznajder (Toronto, ON)

Jill Hetherington (Brampton, ON)

1989

Andrew Sznajder (Toronto, ON)

Helen Kelesi (Toronto, ON)

1990

Grant Connell (Vancouver, BC)

Helen Kelesi (Toronto, ON)

1991

Grant Connell (Vancouver, BC)

Patricia Hy (Montreal, QC)

1992

Grant Connell (Vancouver, BC)

Patricia Hy (Montreal, QC)

1993

Greg Rusedski (Montreal, QC)

Patricia Hy (Montreal, QC)

1994

Sebastien Lareau (Montreal, QC)

Jana Nejedly (Vancouver, BC)

1995

Grant Connell (Vancouver, BC)

Patricia Hy-Boulais (Montreal, QC)

1996

Sebastien Lareau (Montreal, QC)

Patricia Hy-Boulais (Montreal, QC)

1997

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Patricia Hy- Boulais (Montreal, QC)

1998

No record of award

No record of award

1999

No record of award

No record of award

2000

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) & Sebastien Lareau (Montreal, QC)

Sonya Jeyaseelan (New Westminster, BC)

2001

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Jana Nejedly (Vancouver, BC)

2002

Frederic Niemeyer (Sherbrooke, QC)

Maureen Drake (Toronto, ON)

2003

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Maureen Drake (Toronto, ON)

2004

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC)

2005

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Stephanie Dubois (Laval, QC)

2006

Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON)

Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC)

2007

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Stephanie Dubois (Laval, QC)

2008

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC)

2009

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC)

2010

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON)

Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC)

2011

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON)

Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC)

2012

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON)

Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC)

2013

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON)

Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC)

2014

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON)

Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC)