ATP awarded the tournaments organized during the 2021 season. The tennis players of the ATP Tour were asked to vote for their favorite competitions during the year, choosing one event per category (ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250).
The result of the total survey was disclosed in the past few hours and the events that most affected the athletes were discovered, based on the organization, reception and other important factors. The pause between one year and another is always an interesting moment for tennis, certainly seen from another point of view: in this phase it is time for individual balances for the individual players, for the ATP instead almost the task of highlight the best performances of tennis players and give due credit to the most fascinating competitions that have taken place over the last few months.
As for the ATP Masters 1000, Indian Wells won the prize: after skipping 2020, the Californian event is back on the tour in great shape and could not fail to remain etched in the minds of tennis players. Almost considered a fifth Grand Slam in a number of respects, the tournament reconfirmed and won this award for the seventh time.
The 2021 edition held many surprises, given that in the final the English and then winner Cameron Norrie and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili faced each other. In the ATP 500 it was Austria who prevailed with the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, which was lucky enough to host many top 20: on that occasion the talented Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner showed all their talent, pushing until the semifinals.
However, Sascha Zverev triumphed, regulating the American Tiafoe in the final act. The last winner was the ATP 250 in Doha in Qatar, not new since it is the fourth time to be chosen by the athletes. This year it was Basilashvili who won, beating Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.
Corretja: "Roger Federer is a symbol of class and elegance"
The 2021 season went on file with Russia's Davis Cup triumph. Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev's team ended the year in the best possible way, which started with success in the ATP Cup.
The Russian also celebrated the first major of his career, having won the US Open last September. The other three Grand Slams ended up on Novak Djokovic's wall, who was able to write further pages of history at the age of 34.
The Serbian phenomenon won his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever (beating his idol Pete Sampras). It was not an unforgettable season for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom were limited by a number of physical problems.
The Swiss has undergone knee surgery for the third time in the last 18 months, while the Spaniard is preparing to return to the field in Abu Dhabi. The 35-year-old from Manacor hasn't even played since the Washington tournament.
In a long interview with Eurosport, Alex Corretja analyzed the situation of the Big 3. Corretja explained: "I think Novak Djokovic is always a little misunderstood. I don't know if that depends on his character or the way he behaves on the pitch.
He does things that people tend not to understand." The Spaniard also spoke of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: "Roger is the symbol of class and elegance. He has an impeccable style and he manages everything with extreme naturalness.
As for Rafa, he is the greatest fighter in tennis history. We can only thank the Big 3 for everything they have done for our sport. Their work was very important both on and off the court." There is great anticipation for the return of Nadal, who played just seven official tournaments in 2021.
"He will have to use the first week of the 2022 Australian Open as a preparation. He needs a run-in phase, otherwise he risks stopping again."