Ah, awards season. Ever since "Crash" beat out "Brokeback Mountain" in 2006, I have been totally over awards. I mean, I was pretty much over them before that when the idiotic "American Beauty", aka "Plastic Bags Are Beautiful. No Really!" beat out "The Insider" in 1999, but "Crash" sealed it. I've never really cared for award cereomonies since. The nominations are always wrong and the voters are uninformed, easily swayed by factors that are unrelated to the performance, and always biased.
Oh, and they're almost always wrong. Did I mention that?
But anyway. Here are the ATP and WTA awards for 2010:
- Player of the Year: Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters
- Doubles Team of the Year: Mike and Bob Bryan, Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko
- Newcomer of the Year: Tobias Kamke, Petra Kvitova
- Comeback Player of the Year: Robin Haase, Justine Henin
- Humanitarian of the Year: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi, Maria Sharapova
- Sportsmanship Award: Rafael Nadal, Elena Dementieva
- ATP Fan Favorites (voted by the fans): Roger Federer and the BryBros
So there you go. With the WTA being much more volantile from a results standpoint, there's a lot to argue about if you care to, but in the end I think they generally got it right. Sure, Serena only played six tournaments, but she did won two Slams, one more than Kim. There's an argument for Caro, too, if one were so inclined, especially considering the fact that Flavs/Gisela (who I love) went Slamless for the year, while Vania and Shved and the Sisters Williams, won two Slams each. So...consistency is important? Slams? Just winning the YEC? WHO KNOWS!
I initially scoffed at Justine winning Comeback POY. But she did make a Slam final after only three weeks. That's kinda impressive. Sure, she only played for seven months, but the only other real contender would be Ana, and she didn't post the same positive results as Justine (Slam final, Premier title) and the ones she did post only came in a three month period. So fine, Justine, you can have this one.
But seriously: Petra Kvitova? In what world is she a "newcomer"?
In more important news, hellooooooooo, Herr Kamke: