Kim Clijsters of Belgium was chosen as WTA Player of the Year. The WTA site posted the following:
Kim Clijsters was voted Player of the Year for the second time in her career, having first earned the accolade in 2005. The Belgian, 27, had a terrific 2010 season, highlighted by winning her third US Open. Additionally, Clijsters won four other titles, at Brisbane, Miami, Cincinnati and the WTA Championships - Doha 2010. For her off-court achievements, she was also given the Player Service award, which recognizes the player who has done the most to support her fellow players through the WTA Players' Council or other initiatives.
"It's really nice to win the Player of the Year award just one year after making a comeback and while I didn't think it would come so quickly, I am thrilled with the news," Clijsters commented. "To be honored by your fellow players with the Player Service award means so much to me because I believe the social contact with the rest of the players is very important. This year I met a lot of new girls and it was very nice that so many of them had positive reactions to my daughter Jada as well. I want to thank my fellow players and the media who voted for me and I look forward to seeing everyone again in Australia."
How do I feel about it? Kim won the US Open. That was her major. I guess the good news is that she at least has one this year. I guess everyone knew they couldn't sneak Sunshine in with no major despite her top ranking. Still it kind of surprises me that the woman who won two majors this year and was only unable to compete due to injury at the end of the year wasn't chosen.
As someone posted here Kim plays ugly tennis and forces opponents to her level which of course is pushing in a way but I'll save that for my end of year write up. Congratulations to Kim and her fans. It could've been worse.
The other winners, and an explanation of how Kim was chosen can be found on the official WTA site by clicking the above link.
The Pressure of Hype
Grigor Dimitrov is a name many tennisheads are familiar with. He's not so quietly been moving up the ATP rankings and ends the year ranked # 106. Which makes what happened after the Helsinki Finland challenger a bit disturbing.
Grigor Dimitrov has been charged €2000 and could face further punishment as a result of attacking an umpire at the Challenger event in Helsinki last month.
...after his final four loss to Ricardas Berankis at the Helsinki Challenger is reported to have attacked umpire Daniel Infanger away from the court before pushing the official in the chest using both of his hands.
According to one of the Finnish newspapers, an irate Dimitrov also swore at Daniel until an Italian colleague of the umpire separated the two of them.
The newspaper also reports the director of the competition saying that the Association of Tennis Professional could yet impose a more severe punishment on the contender once the incident has been further examined.
Antti Aine who is the President of the Finnish umpire's association, was extremely critical of Grigor after witnessing the argument himself.
"The immunity of the umpire is a sacred thing in sports. You can disagree with calls but this was way out of line,” said Aine.
A suspension could possibly endanger Dimitrov’s place in next month’s Australian Open with the contender’s current ranking of world number 106 enough to secure him straight entry.
The article doesn't make clear what set Dimitrov off but there is no excuse for his behavior. That's what walls, and locker rooms are for Grigor. It seems that young Mr. Dimitrov may have the talent to be the next big thing in men's tennis. It remains to be seen if he's got the temperament for it.
I'm doing my civic duty and may be a juror in the near future. My first day was today. I read the entire NY Times today. I'm so informed it's disgusting.
I'll post as I can in the evenings if it's necessary.