Roger Federer and the Bryan brothers dominate ATP World Tour Awards
If the ATP is a high school, Roger Federer is Mr. Popular. The 33-year-old was voted by the fans as the ATP Fan Favorite for the 12th straight year and he was voted by his fellow players as the recipient of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 10th straight year. The No. 1 team of Bob and Mike Bryan were voted the Fan Favorite doubles team for a 10th time. Federer is also in the running for the year-end No. 1 trophy, which will be decided next week at the ATP World Tour Finals between Federer and No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
As the youngest player in the top 100, 17-year-old Borna Coric will receive the ATP Star of Tomorrow award, after his run to his first ATP semifinal last month at the Swiss Indoors, where he beat Rafael Nadal, Ernests Gulbis and Andrey Golubev, moved him up to No. 92. Otherwise, the honor would have gone to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who had his own tournament to remember when he too beat Nadal at Wimbledon to advance to the quarterfinals.
In other player-voted awards, Belgium's David Goffin earned the Comeback Player of the Year title. He rebounded from a broken wrist in 2013 to put together a remarkable four-month run that saw him go 44-4 after Wimbledon (inclusive of ATP Challenger level and qualifying) to boost his ranking from No. 106 at the beginning of July to a career-high of No. 22. The Most Improved Player went to Roberto Bautista Agut, who climbed from No. 59 to No. 14 by winning the first two titles of his career.
Andy Murray earned the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his work on behalf of cancer awareness. After Murray's good friend, doubles player Ross Hutchins, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma two years ago and fellow Scot Elena Baltacha died of liver cancer earlier this year, Murray has spearheaded charity exhibitions at Queen's Club the last two summers and continues to contribute his time to cancer awareness campaigns.
All awards will presented next week at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.