It is time to take stock. The 2022 season has also officially closed on the senior men’s circuit, after the Nitto ATP Finals and the final phases of the Davis Cup in Malaga. Spain managed to take the top two places in the world ranking at the end of the year, with Carlos Alcaraz (with a score of less than 7,000 points, also due to not scoring during the Wimbledon Grand Slam) ahead of compatriot champion Rafael Nadal.
To complete the podium Casper Ruud, ahead of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Meanwhile, the ATP tour has established the first nomination lists to award the season-end awards to the tennis players who have distinguished themselves the most in the last 12 months.
Many surprises but also those excluded from these rankings. «Comeback Player of the Year»: The player who overcame a serious injury to reaffirm himself as one of the best players on the ATP. Borna Coric, Austrian former US Open winner Dominic Thiem, Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Wu Yibing are up for the prize.
«Most Improved Player of the Year»: The player who has achieved a significantly better ranking at the end of the year and who has demonstrated a steadily improving level of performance throughout the year. Chosen Carlos Alcaraz, Maxime Cressy, Jack Draper and Holger Rune.
«Newcomer of the Year»: The next-gen player who broke into the top 100 for the first time in 2022 and made the biggest impact this season. The British Jack Draper, Jiri Lehecka, Ben Shelton, Chun-Hsin Tseng and Holger Rune will compete.
«Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award»: the player who, throughout the year, conducted himself with the highest level of professionalism and integrity, who competed against his teammates in the greatest spirit of fairness, and who promoted the game through of their off-court activities.
Lapentti praises Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz still has a long way to go before he can be considered a true challenger to the Big 3 Grand Slam record. «The big question is will he (Carlos Alcaraz) be able to win as many Grand Slams as these three guys? (Nadal, Federer and Djokovic)? It will all be about his health,» said Nicolás Lapentti.
«Will he be able to stay healthy for the next 15 to 18 years? We never know. Can he stay mentally strong for the next 15 years? It’s crazy, but we’ll see. We’ll have to talk.» her again in 10 years and see how she does,» she added.
«Alcaraz has it all, definitely. Being 19 years old and playing at the level he’s playing. It’s mainly in the head to play under that pressure and do it so well, that’s incredible,» the 46-year-old said.