2021 ATP Awards: The Nominees Are… | ATP Tour

Nominees have been announced in the 2021 ATP Awards for all player-voted categories — Comeback Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award — and for Coach of the Year.

Casper Ruud and his coach, father Christian Ruud, have picked up a total of three nominations following a season in which the Norwegian won five tour-level titles and broke into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. Casper, 22, is up for Most Improved Player of the Year and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, while Christian is one of five nominees for Coach of the Year.

Carlos Alcaraz, Aslan Karatsev and Cameron Norrie round out the Most Improved Player of the Year candidates, while Felix Auger-Aliassime, Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe have been shortlisted alongside Ruud for Sportsmanship. Nadal has been voted by his peers as winner of the award for three straight years.  

ATP Awards winners, including Fans’ Favourite, will be revealed later this month. Fans can vote for their favourite singles player and doubles team through Tuesday, 7 December. 

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Voted By Players

Comeback Player of the Year: The player who has overcome serious injury in re-establishing himself as one of the top players on the ATP Tour.

Thanasi Kokkinakis 
Mackenzie McDonald 
Andy Murray 
Jack Sock

Most Improved Player of the Year: The player who reached a significantly higher FedEx ATP Ranking by year’s end and who demonstrated an increasingly improved level of performance through the year.

Carlos Alcaraz
Aslan Karatsev
Cameron Norrie 
Casper Ruud

Newcomer of the Year: The #NextGenATP player who broke into the Top 100 for the first time in 2021* and made the biggest impact on the ATP Tour this season.

Sebastian Baez
Jenson Brooksby
Juan Manuel Cerundolo
Hugo Gaston
Brandon Nakashima

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award: The player who, throughout the year, conducted himself at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, who competed with his fellow players with the utmost spirit of fairness and who promoted the game through his off-court activities.

Felix Auger-Aliassime 
Rafael Nadal
Casper Ruud 
Frances Tiafoe

Voted By Coaches

Coach of the Year: Nominated and voted on by fellow ATP coach members, this award goes to the ATP coach who helped guide his players to a higher level of performance during the year.

Craig Boynton (Hubert Hurkacz)
Gilles Cervara (Daniil Medvedev)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (Carlos Alcaraz)
Facundo Lugones (Cameron Norrie)
Christian Ruud (Casper Ruud)

* Previous Newcomer of the Year nominees are not eligible

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