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ATP quality points: Djokovic still comes out on top

Robert B. Waltz, Special for USA TODAY

9:50AM EST December 6. 2012 – Just like the WTA, there was a time when the ATP rankings took into account the strength of the opposition, but again like the women, the men abandoned their system of “bonus points” a dozen years ago.

But in a year when it’s been difficult to choose among the “Big 4” of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, one way of doing it is bybonus points — looking at the strength of the opposition they beat along the way. This table below shows the average number of bonus points players earned in each tournament they played, using the same system as for the WTA players.

Here is a look at the Top 10 based on Quality of Opponent vs. their current ranking:

Quality points rank (ATP rank) Player Score
1 (1) Novak Djokovic 113.7
2 (4) Rafael Nadal 97.6
3 (2) Roger Federer 91.4
4 (3) Andy Murray 72.4
5 (7) Juan Martin del Potro 55.5
6 (5) David Ferrer 48.9
7 (6) Tomas Berdych 45.4
8 (78) Gael Monfils 27.2
9 (14) John Isner 26.9
10 (21) Tommy Haas 26.4

Read the whole article and see where all of the top 50 players would end up – HERE

The Women’s Rankings are even more interesting if you look at Qulaity of Wins with Kim Clijsters going from unranked to 4th.  Read all about it – HERE

WTA Comeback Player of the Year – Yaroslava Shvedova

Here is some of the article from the WTA web site – To see the whole article – CLICK HERE
Yaroslava Shvedova

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – After a breakthrough 2010 season that saw her go as high as No.29 in singles and win two Grand Slam titles in doubles, she underwent knee surgery at the start of 2011 and struggled to find her winning form again, falling as low as No.259 – but Yaroslava Shvedova caught fire again in 2012, making deep runs at two Grand Slams and setting a new career-high of No.25. And for that, she is the WTA’s Comeback Player Of The Year.

Having already been the first Kazakh to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam – doing it at the 2010 French Open – Shvedova did it all over again at the 2012French Open, stunning the defending champion along the way, winning the last 10 games in a row to beat Li Na in the fourth round. “This is the most incredible win I’ve had,” she said – she almost made her first Grand Slam semifinal too, leading 4-2 in the third before falling to Petra Kvitova in the quarters, 36 62 64

“I am very happy to get this award and honored that the media voted for me,” she said. “I was surprised when I heard the news. I am very happy and proud of my comeback this year. I worked very hard with my team to do this and it’s nice to receive the award now. It’s not only for me, it’s a victory me and my team.”

And in a season that had so many highs, Shvedova pointed to a specific one as her favorite: “My biggest highlight was making a golden set,” Shvedova declared. “That is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing and something only one other person has done, so it will always be very special. Also it was super exciting to qualify for the Olympics by reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.”

Last year’s Comeback Player of the Year was Sabine Lisicki (currently 37th in singles, last year she as 15th).  The year before it was Justine Henin and the year before that it was Kim Clijsters.

2012 WTA Player Awards

The annual WTA Player Awards celebrate the best of the WTA each year, on and off the court, and now you can help decide winners in five categories for the 2012 WTA Player Awards – Fan Favorite Singles Player, Fan Favorite Doubles Team, Fan Favorite Twitter, Fan Favorite Facebook and Fan Favorite Video. Voting runs from Monday, November 19 to Sunday, November 25, 2012.

CLICK HERE to vote for your favorite player, doubles team, Twitter feed, Facebook page, video from the 2012 WTA season

WTA – What does it Take?

A few days ago I ran a story about how much more there is to running an ATP Tour stop than just running a few tennis draws – the Special Events that go along with it.  Today I am going to look at the WTA and what it takes to get the resources to run everything.  Today’s topic – Sponsorship.

So how many sponsors does a modern tournament need – a look at a stop on the Women’s Tour with $220,000 in prize money.  $220,000 is a relatively small tournament so does it need 5 sponsors? or 10? or15?

Well, the recently concluded Swedish Open in Bastad had a total of 42 Sponsors and partners.  The Title Sponsor – Xperia – the SONY Smartphone.

Xperia Hot Shots

Game, Set and Match for Xperia Hot Shots

Next Come the Principal Partners:

Elite Hotels of Sweden




Collector Finance & Law

Mercedes Benz

and 35 other companies that provide cash and/or services in exchange for promotional considerations:

10 Official Partners, 1 Official Clothing Partner, 2 Partners, 6 Media Partners, 5 Official Suppliers, 5 Suppliers, 5 Exhibition Partners

For the complete Sponsor List – CLICK HERE

To put it another way, to sign up this many sponsors in a year you would have to resign old sponsors or sign new sponsors at the rate of 4 every 35 days.

So the answer to our question – What does it Take? It takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of sponsors to make a WTA Event.

Caroline Wozniacki wins WTA Diamond Aces Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki has been named the winner of the WTA’s Diamond ACES Award for the 2011 season. The Diamond ACES Award is given to the player who consistently goes above and beyond in promoting the sport of women’s tennis to fans, media, and local communities by performing off-court promotional and charitable activities.

“Women’s tennis has given me everything I have and I enjoy every opportunity I get to give back and help promote it around the world,” Wozniacki said.

“Not only is Caroline one of the best female athletes on the planet, she is extremely conscious of the power she has to grow women’s tennis around the world,” said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster. “She always makes herself available to our fans, sponsors and the media and it is because of players like Caroline that women’s tennis’ global fan base is constantly growing.”

Among Wozniacki’s numerous contributions to promoting women’s tennis this season were hosting a kids clinic at Tokyo, where she gave lessons to close to 100 Japanese children. She also helped raise awareness for breast cancer at New Haven and gave a heartwarming speech to fans in Tokyo on behalf of all the WTA players, offering the nation support after a devastating earthquake.

This year marked the fifth season in a row that a point weighted system was used to award each of the off-court activities performed by players at WTA tournaments. The Diamond ACES Award was first introduced in 1995, in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then, 11 players have won the award, including Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva and Samantha Stosur.

who gives endlessly to promote the game of tennis on and off the court.

Core Tennis

What is Core Tennis?

Core Tennis is “your one-stop destination on the web for getting comprehensive singles tennis results, ATP, WTA and junior rankings, plus our very own statistics and rankings graphs.”

How comprehensive is it?

Core tennis covers: 22,256 tournaments;   68,949 players;   816,731 matches (and counting).  I was surprised at how many local players have profiles at Core Tennis.  if you have played in a National Open, you are in Core Tennis, even if you just played in the doubles and lost in your only match 2 years ago.

What local players have you found on there?

So far I have found  Derrick Angle, Bryan Chow, Jake Crawford, Cat Crummey, Alex Demetreus, Nisha Detchprohm, Chris Frost, Riley Lorenz, Jessica Macaluso, Sarah Kandath, Matt Kandath, Nicole Kellogg, Lars Olson, Ann Phillips, Claire Schmitz, Ian Van Cott, Alex Van Cott.  Click on the name to see that players Core Tennis page.  If you are that player you can update information and add a picture.

What unique features does it have?

One of my favorite features is the graphs of a players ranking points.

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