WTA Player Of The Year Nominations Revealed

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

In a 2020 season interrupted for five months by the coronavirus pandemic, there are still end of the year awards to be given out by the Women’s Tennis Association. Nominations for WTA Player of the Year were announced on Wednesday. This year’s six nominees include: Reigning Australian Open champion and Roland Garros finalist Sofia Kenin; Western & Southern Open titlist and US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, who is also nominated for Comeback Player of the Year; Dubai, Rome and Prague champion Simona Halep; US Open champion and three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka; Aryna Sabalenka, who won titles in Doha, and back-to-back in Ostrava and Linz, and finished the season on a nine-match winning streak; and Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek, who is the youngest of the Player of the Year nominees and is also nominated for Most Improved Player of the Year.

Nominees for Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year were also announced.

The winners of the awards, which are voted on by the media, will be announced by the WTA next week.

To see a complete list of nominees:

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What they’re saying

Darren Cahill, coach (Simona Halep) and broadcaster (ESPN tennis analyst): “New logo, new branding, new era and new faces as the elite athletes continue to light up the court. 16 different countries occupy the top 20 ranking spots. The global reach is enormous. Well played WTA.”

What they’re writing

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What they’re sharing on social media

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Nick Kyrgios / Professional gamer?