It’s been one other fascinating yr in tennis each on the males’s and ladies’s sides.
Young stars have emerged, whereas just a few acquainted faces continued their cost in the direction of extra historical past.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal shared the spoils on the largest phases in the males’s recreation, with two Grand Slams apiece, whereas 4 ladies picked up majors in 2019: Naomi Osaka, Ash Barty, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu.
Of course, these titles pale compared to the mighty Metro.co.uk awards on provide right here, so with out additional ado listed below are your 2019 champions:
ATP Player of the Year – Rafael Nadal
Djokovic can really feel laborious completed by that he’s did not win this award contemplating he received two Slams and 5 titles total in 2019, however Nadal edged him in the ATP rankings, which serves as a helpful tiebreaker.
He turned the oldest year-end No. 1 in historical past and moved to inside one main title of males’s chief Roger Federer when he claimed the US Open title. His 12th French Open win will certainly by no means be repeated once more.
Marcos Baghdatis’ ATP Player of the Year: ‘For men it’s robust to decide on. All of them had their ups and downs however I’ll go together with Rafa. I believe for him to return again to No. 1, win Davis Cup, win two Grand Slams at the age he is. It’s a joke.’
Heather Watson’s ATP Player of the Year: ‘Tsitsipas.’
WTA Player of the Year – Bianca Andreescu
With 4 separate Grand Slam winners in 2019, it’s a stiffer job to determine who the finest participant was however Andreescu nearly nicks it.
The Canadian sensation began the yr exterior the worlds’s top-150 however has since established herself as one among the most fun gamers on the planet, and has loved a surprising yr.
Injuries have plagued her all through the yr and, sure, Barty could have ended the season as the top-ranked participant, with the joint-most titles, however Andreescu at her finest was near unstoppable.
Honourable mentions: Ash Barty, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka
Marcos Baghdatis’ WTA Player of the Year: ‘I can only say Barty. She had an incredible year, no doubt.’
Heather Watson’s WTA Player of the Year: ‘Bianca Andreescu, for sure.’
ATP Breakout Star – Felix Auger-Aliassime
Another Canadian to take pleasure in an enormous rankings climb.
Auger-Aliassime started 2019 exterior the top-100 and ends it as world No. 21, having peaked at world No. 17.
The 19-year-old reached three finals in a blistering breakout season and there may be certainly solely extra to return subsequent yr.
Honourable mentions: Jannik Sinner
WTA Breakout Star – Coco Gauff
The American teen captured the hearts and imaginations of the Wimbledon crowd.
Gauff turned the youngest participant to qualify for The Championships in its historical past and then beat one among its biggest champions, Venus Williams, in the first spherical.
She was stopped in spherical 4 by eventual champion Simona Halep however the 15-year-old’s rise has continued.
A run to spherical three on residence soil at the US Open adopted earlier than she picked up a primary WTA title in Linz to complete the yr as world No. 68.
Honourable mentions: Bianca Andreescu
Best Comeback – Andy Murray
Considering the tearful scenes forward of the Australian Open and the reality he underwent career-threatening hip surgical procedure, for Murray to win an ATP singles title simply 9 months later was one thing really outstanding.
Not to overlook he’d received a doubles title some 4 months earlier, teaming up with Feliciano Lopez to win Queen’s, this was a particular yr for a participant who had lengthy be tormented by a difficult hip.
Best Brit – Johanna Konta
Her finest season at Grand Slam degree, there have been a whole lot of positives to take for Britain’s highest-ranked participant.
Runs to the quarter-finals and past at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open had been spectacular shows, though there’s a feeling of slight remorse that she didn’t get previous comparatively weak opposition in the type of Marketa Vondrousova in the semi-finals in Paris and doubles specialist Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon.
Still, all in all it’s been a profitable yr, with males’s No. 1 Dan Evans and doubles specialist Joe Salisbury, who certified for the ATP Finals, each good worth for a point out as effectively.
Honourable mentions: Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury
Team of the Year – Cabal/Farah
One of two groups, together with blended doubles duo Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig, to win two Grand Slam titles this season, however the top-ranked male facet get the edge.
Colombians Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal backed up their maiden main win at Wimbledon by lifting the US Open title and received 5 trophies on three completely different surfaces to cap a beautiful season.
Honourable mentions: Spain Davis Cup, France Fed Cup, Herbert/Mahut, Chan/Dodig
Most Entertaining Moment – Medvedev’s US Open Crowd Row
After dealing with down a hostile American crowd, Russian tennis star Danil Medvedev delivers an unbelievable post-match interview. He thanks his “supporters” for uplifting his qualification for the US Open final eight. pic.twitter.com/X05R0t8YJJ
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) August 31, 2019
Daniil Medvedev’s run to the US Open closing had loads of highs and lows, however it certain was an entertaining journey.
Should he be swearing at members of the crowd? Probably not. Are sarcastic speeches designed to rile up supporters beneficial? No. But his up-and-down relationship with the New Yorkers was one among the most memorable and entertaining moments of the yr.
The reality all of it ended on a constructive be aware with Medvedev delivering nearly as good a runners-up speech as you’re ever more likely to see after taking part in an impressive closing with Nadal, makes all of it the sweeter to look again on.
Best ATP Match – Djokovic d. Federer (Wimbledon closing)
Sure, one can argue there have been matches that had been larger on high quality, however the drama of the longest closing in Wimbledon’s historical past was unrivalled.
How Roger Federer should despair at lacking two championship factors on serve in the fifth set, just for Djokovic to claw his manner again into it and win in a primary 12-12 fifth set tiebreak in the event’s historical past.
Djokovic was second finest for a big portion of the match however he defied a closely pro-Federer crowd to win his fifth Wimbledon title and additional strengthen his possibilities of ending his profession as the most adorned tennis participant.
Honourable mentions: Wawrinka d. Tsitsipas (French Open), Nadal d. Kyrgios (Wimbledon), Nadal d. Medvedev (US Open), Thiem d. Djokovic (ATP Finals)
Marcos Baghdatis’ favorite match of the yr: ‘Definitely the ATP Finals at the O2. Tsitsipas-Thiem. Good match but also good emotions for me, for my country, for all the Greeks around the world. So it was pretty special.’
Best WTA Match – Andreescu d. Kerber (Miami Open R1)
In a sport the place matches can typically lack needle today, Angelique Kerber and Andreescu injected a little bit of spice into their two matches – each of which Andreescu received – in the American hard-court swing.
Both three-set contests ebbed and flowed however peaked, by way of drama a minimum of, after the final ball was struck in the second encounter when Kerber branded the younger Canadian ‘the biggest drama queen ever’ at the internet.
Honourable mentions: Osaka d. Kvitova (Australian Open), Pliskova d. Williams (Australian Open), Barty d. Anisimova (French Open)