Raonic Rewarded for Fine Year
Runs to the fourth round at the Australian and US Opens in 2013 have helped Milos Raonic to clinch Tennis Canada’s male player of the year award for the third year in a row.
The 22-year-old also won through to the third round of the French Open but was surprisingly knocked out in the second round at Wimbledon by the Dutch player, Igor Sijsling. He reached as high as ten in the world rankings in August before ending the season in 11th spot.
He also won two ATP tournaments, surprising line betting pundits to reach the final of the Rogers Cup for the first time, and helped Canada reach the semi-finals of the Davis Cup.
Raonic beat Tommy Haas in the San Jose Open final, his third successful victory in the tournament, and Tomas Berdych in the final of the Thailand Open.
“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 in the 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.”
Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil was named as Canada’s most improved player and Daniel Nestor was handed the accolade for the doubles player of the year.
Pospisil, an increasingly popular figure with fans of live tennis online, improved his ranking by more than 100 places in 2013, ending the year at a career high of 32 after winning his way through to three semi-finals.
Nestor won the doubles award for the 13th consecutive year after winning one tournament and becoming the first player to reach 900 career doubles wins.