Social networks demonstrated en masse when they did not see the Chilean on the list which included three German tennis players and Gaël Monfils.
The networks exploded when the ATP announced the nominees for its annual awards. People around the world have reacted to the names proposed by the entity, but especially on this side of the world, the comments have been more negative than positive.
This, because many Chileans did not understand how the ATP had left out the “Comeback Player of the Year” Nicolás Jarry, who rose from 163rd to 19th place in the world, also winning two titles and signing victories in the four grand slams of the season. National fans complained en masse about the tennis player’s exclusion.
Situation which has an explanation. Despite the obvious steps of the native of Santiago throughout the calendar, the truth is that he does not meet the conditions to be part of the group of nominated players, which ultimately was the Frenchman. Gaël Monfils and the Germans Dominik Koepfer, Jan-Lennard Struff and Alexander Zverev.
According to the rules explained on the official ATP website, to be considered for the “Comeback Player of the Year”, the player must have suffered an injury during the 2022 season since the award refers to the return to activity, and not to the elite, as in the case of the Chilean, actively active since 2021 after 11 months of suspension for doping.
Most Improved Player?
The truth is that even though he did not meet the requirements to be part of the “Comeback of the Year”, Jarry was excluded from the nominees for the “Most Improved Player of the Year”, which includes Jannik Sinner (4th), Matteo Arnaldi. (44th), Ben Shelton (17th) and Christopher Eusbank (34th).
In this award there was no parameter to exclude the Chilean, so the decision not to consider him came directly from the organization, which preferred to highlight four other tennis players.
Obviously, the decision to include Sinner, who has won two Masters 1000s and reached the final of the ATP Finals, has already been made. Ben Shelton who rose from 96th to 17th in the world, won the ATP 500 in Tokyo and reached the semi-finals of the US Open , it is indisputable. But the truth is that the other two candidates are where there is at least some debate.
Matteo Arnaldi, for example, started the year 134th and finished it 44th, achieving his best ATP result in Umag where he reached the semi-finals. He also reached the round of 16 at the US Open and won three Challenger titles. Christopher Eusbank for his part He went from 123 to 34th place in the world rankings, signing his best week by winning the ATP 250 in Mallorca. . Other notable achievements were the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and the Miami Masters 1000.
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