Milos Raonic named Tennis Canada player of year

Milos Raonic hits a return to Robin Haase at the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Palais...

Milos Raonic hits a return to Robin Haase at the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Palais Omnisports of Bercy October 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

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, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

Call it a hat trick of the tennis variety.

Milos Raonic was named Tennis Canada’s male player of the year Monday, the third straight year he has won the award. Vasek Pospisil was named most improved player while Daniel Nestor is the doubles player of the year.

“It feels great to be honoured with this award from Tennis Canada for another year,” Raonic said in a press release announcing the winners. “It was definitely a good season for me, and it’s been incredible to receive so much support from Canadian fans. Being able to play at home at Davis Cup and Rogers Cup, it was amazing to see how passionate Canadians can be about tennis. I’m looking forward to 2014 now, and working hard to achieve everything I can.”

In a historic, record-setting year, Raonic became the first Canadian male to be ranked in the top 10 on the ATP World Tour and finished in 11th spot. He also won two ATP tournaments, reached the final of the Rogers Cup for the first time and went 5-1 to lead Canada to the Davis Cup semifinals, a first in this country’s tennis history.

“In his young career, Milos has already hit so many pinnacles in Canadian tennis, and his commitment to continue developing as a player shows his potential is nowhere near being fully realized yet,” Tennis Canada president Michael S. Downey said. “Milos, along with Vasek and Daniel, are helping to grow Canada’s reputation as a tennis nation, and I know they are training hard to accomplish even more in their careers. Congratulations to our trio of male Excellence Awards winners — it has been a treat to watch you play this year and Canada can’t wait to follow your seasons in 2014.”

Pospisil improved his ranking by more than 100 spots in 2013, ending the year at a career high of 32 and made it to the semifinals in three tournaments. Nestor won the doubles award for the 13th consecutive year after winning one tournament and becoming the first player to reach 900 career doubles wins.


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