Raonic named 2013 Tennis Canada Male Player of the Year

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Tennis Canada

November 25, 2013, Toronto (ISN)Tennis Canada announced Monday that Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) has been named 2013 Tennis Canada Male Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. Building on his past two seasons, Raonic made Canadian tennis history in 2013.

He became the first Canadian to be ranked in the Top 10 on the ATP World Tour thanks to his runner-up performance at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal – where he was the first Canadian to make the final since 1958. Ending the season at world No. 11, Raonic also went 5-1 in Davis Cup action to lead Canada to its first-ever World Group semifinal appearance. Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Daniel Nestor (Toronto) also received honours for their 2013 seasons, Most Improved Male Player of the Year and Male Doubles Player of the Year, respectively.

“In his young career, Milos has already hit so many pinnacles in Canadian tennis, and his commitment to continue developing as a player shows his potential is nowhere near being fully realized yet,” said Michael S. Downey, president and chief executive officer, Tennis Canada. “Milos, along with Vasek and Daniel, are helping to grow Canada’s reputation as a tennis nation, and I know they are training hard to accomplish even more in their careers. Congratulations to our trio of male Excellence Awards winners – it has been a treat to watch you play this year and Canada can’t wait to follow your seasons in 2014.”

Raonic also added two more trophies to his collection, winning his third straight San Jose crown in February and ousting two Top 10 players, Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych, en route to the Bangkok title in September. In addition to reaching the final at Rogers Cup – his first Masters 1000 championship match – Raonic also finished as runner-up at Tokyo for the second straight year. At the Grand Slams, Raonic matched his career-best result by advancing into the round of 16 at the Australian Open and US Open. He also was a semifinalist at Barcelona.

In Davis Cup, Raonic won the clinching matches in both Canada’s first round tie versus Spain and quarter-final against Italy. His only loss on the year came against then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Serbia.

“It feels great to be honoured with this award from Tennis Canada for another year,” said Raonic. “It was definitely a good season for me, and it’s been incredible to receive so much support from Canadian fans. Being able to play at home at Davis Cup and Rogers Cup, it was amazing to see how passionate Canadians can be about tennis. I’m looking forward to 2014 now, and working hard to achieve everything I can.”

Pospisil has been named Most Improved Male Player thanks to a season which saw him climb nearly 100 spots in the rankings after closing out 2012 at world No. 125 and ending this year at his career-high ranking of No. 32. Still outside the Top 100 in June, Pospisil’s rise is thanks to an incredible second half of the season. Kicking off in Bogota, where he made his first ATP World Tour semifinal, Pospisil’s confidence grew as he then captured the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, a $100K ATP Challenger event at the end of July.

After winning his hometown title, he went straight to Rogers Cup in Montreal. Clinching his first Top 10 win against Tomas Berdych in the third round, the 23-year-old ultimately advanced all the way into the semifinals before falling to fellow Canadian Raonic. After nearly defeating world No. 4 David Ferrer in Beijing and ousting No. 10 Richard Gasquet in Shanghai, Pospisil advanced into his third ATP semi of the year at Basel. There, he played Roger Federer in a tight, thrilling battle before losing to the 17-time Slam champion in three sets.  Because of his improved performance in 2013, Pospisil was the only player on the ATP World Tour to make both his Top 100 and Top 50 year-end ranking debuts in the same year.

Completing the male high-performance Excellence Awards is Nestor, who is being honoured with the Male Doubles Player of the Year award for the 13th consecutive year. In 2013, Nestor hit two more major career milestones, adding to his already immense legacy. En route to capturing the Winston-Salem title in August alongside partner Leander Paes, Nestor became the first player to reach 900 career doubles match wins. When he won the trophy, it also marked the 20th consecutive year in which he has clinched at least one ATP World Tour title.

The 41-year-old was also crucial to Canada’s Davis Cup success, as he and Pospisil won two marathon doubles matches this year to give their country 2-1 leads – in the quarter-finals against Italy and semifinals versus Serbia. Nestor also enjoyed success in mixed doubles, winning the Wimbledon crown with Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. The duo reached the French Open final together as well.

The Tennis Canada Excellence Awards are selected by a committee comprised of high-ranking Tennis Canada personnel and the country’s top national coaches. The recipients of the female high-performance athletes will be announced on Tuesday, November 26.

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)

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