Who’s hot! Sharapova, Nadal voted sexiest again

nadal_300Thanks to our very loyal and active readers and for the thousands of votes we received. We love the responses.

Maria Sharapova is on a roll, winning now for the third straight year. However, boyfriend Grigor Dimtrov, who was voted sexiest last year, came in second. He lost out to three-time winner Rafa Nadal, who also was the hottest in 2011 & 2012.

Tennis’ hottest couple, Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimtrov, won it in 2014.

The awards were named for Ivanovic and Safin whose notable sexiness helped them capture the awards for the first five years of the poll, 2005-2009. They were declared ineligible after the awards were named for them.

Results of all seven 2014 TennisReporters.net awards are listed below:

Male Player


Rafael Nadal 35%
Grigor Dimitrov 23%
Roger Federer 12%
Feliciano Lopez 8%
Novak Djokovic 6%
Ernests Gulbis 6%
Nick Kygrios 4%
Tommy Haas 3%
Fabio Fagnini 2%
Ryan Harrison 1%

Female Player


Maria Sharapova 35%
Eugenie Bouchard 17%
Victoria Azarenka 13%
Caroline Wozniacki 12%
Serena Williams 8%
Maria Kirlenko 6%
Alize Lim 5%
Dominika Cibulkova 2%
Karolina Pliskova 2%
Sloane Stephens 1%

ATP Coach of the Year


Magnus Norman /
Stan Wawrinka
Stefan Edberg /
Roger Federer
Michael Chang /
Kei Nishikori
Toni Nadal /
Rafael Nadal
Boris Becker /
Novak Djokovic
Goran Ivanisevic /
Marin Cilic

WTA Coach of the Year


Carlos Rodriguez /
Li Na
Patrick Mouratoglou /
Serena Williams
Wim Fissette /
Simona Halep
Sven Groeneveld /
Maria Sharapova
Nick Saviano /
Eugenie Bouchard
David Kotyza /
Petra Kvitova

ATP Breakthrough Kid of the Year
(24 or younger)


Kei Nishikori 65%
Grigor Dimitrov 15%
Dominic Thiem 8%
Milos Raonic 6%
David Goffin 6%

WTA Breakthrough Kid of the Year
(21 or younger)


Eugenie Bouchard 49%
Belinda Bencic 23%
Garbine Muguruza 16%
Zarina Diyas 6%
Madison Keys 6%

Tweeter of the Year


Laura Robson 30%
Roger Federer 19%
Stan Wawrinka 15%
Tomas Berdych 12%
Serena Williams 8%
Caroline Wozniacki 6%
Maria Sharapova 5%
Andy Murray 3%
Eugenie Bouchard 2%
Grigor Dimitrov 1%

Haas tips Isner in 5 set classic

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John Isner already cemented his reputation for being marathon man due to his record setting 70–68 in the fifth set defeat of Nicolas Mahut at 2010 Wimbledon, but he added to it Roland Garros when he fell in an epic  7-5, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(10), 10-8 contest to 12th seed Tommy Haas in the third round on the Bull Ring.

The 19th seeded American played his heart out, fighting off 12 match points in the fourth set. He  appeared to be on his way to victory up 4-1 in the fifth set, but Haas picked up his spirit and level and managed to break the big-serving Isner back to 4-3. Isner held a match point at 5-4 with Haas serving, but he dumped a backhand into the net in a  hotly contested rally

At that point, the 35-year-old Haas’ appeared to be more fresh– who had played another four-hour match in a victory over Ryan Harrison on Friday – and when Isner wasn’t bombing serves or crushing an occasional forehand that he could reach, it was the German who was controlling most of the points from the baseline. Finally, Haas broke the cramping Isner and then sealed the match when the American erred on a backhand.

Isner said he liked his chances going into the fifth set, but said his body began to fail him. He also gave credit to Haas

“Tommy he stayed the course, and he deserves the win,” he said. “I fought a good fight.  It was the only thing I can ask out of myself is to compete.  Even down two sets to Love, I still was fitting and it helped me.  I got it all the way back to up 4‑1 in the fifth set.  I can’t ask for a better scenario thereafter being down two sets to Love. In hindsight, probably would have been better to lose in straight sets, because I feel terrible right now.  But I’ll recover.”

Maybe so, and he will do it at home. Isner won’t stay in Europe and go right into he grass court season. He likes his mom’s home cooking so it’s likely he’ll head back  to North Carolina.  He’s unsure when his toes will first touch the grass, but he could use at least one warm-up tourney to Wimby as he has never played very well there, despite his 2010 first round heroics. Jack Sock is headed to Nottingham to play a Challenger, as is Ryan Harrison, who played fairly well in his loss to Isner.


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Sharapova Finally Tops Sexiest Poll; Nadal wins Men’s

Maria has rematch with Lisicki.

It took eight years for Sugarpova to rule as sexiest female player.

For the first time in seven years, Maria Sharapova has won the TennisReporters.net Readers’ Poll for Sexiest Female of the Year. Sharapova

Time for the 8th TennisReporters.net Readers’ Poll

Readers: Vote for your top and sexiest players in the annual TennisReporters.net Readers’ Poll.
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Rafa put a dent in Federer’s GOAT label.

It’s the eight annual TennisReporters.net Readers’ Poll, designed for our readers to sound off on their preferences.

Our most popular categories are Male and Female Players of the Year and, of course, the Sexiest Players. We’re allowing comments on the polls for the first time ever.

Sexiest Female Player Award is named after Ana Ivanovic after she won for five straight years. Sexiest Male Player Award is named after Marat Safin after he was also a five-time winner.

Last year’s winners included Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova for Players of the Year along with Rafael Nadal and Carolina Wozniacki as the sexiest. Last year’s voting can be found by clicking here.

TennisReporters.net editors do not necessarily support the results of the vote, especially in the Player of the Year categories. We realize that many readers will vote for their favorites as opposed to the players who have had better results.

Polls are open for one week to Saturday, Dec. 29 with results posted on Sunday, Dec. 30.

TR Year-End Top 50: The Men, Nos. 21-30

The 34 year old Haas was effective on all surfaces.

Thus continues our review of the top 50 singles players on the ATP and WTA Tours. We resume with the men ranked Nos. 21 -30.

21. Tommy Haas

Imagine if the German played as intelligently as he does now back when he was ranked No. 2 a decade ago? A Slam surely would have been his. Haas must be given huge props for being in the oldest man in the top 25. He actually quailed for Roland Garros on his least favorite surface, stunned Federer in the Halle final on grass, and reached the quarters of Canada and Shanghai on hard courts. It

Wimbledon Preview: 3 men and a bunch of maybes

Novak is the favorite, but after his RG loss to Nadal, not by much.

Wimbledon will begin on Monday and outside of the Big 3 it doesn’t seem like there are any other real title contenders. Here is a breakdown.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It cannot be said that the defending Wimbledon champion is back on “his familiar lawns” as it could be about Federer or a Pete Sampras. But what can be said is that he’s back on a faster surface than red clay and one that he does not have to slide into shots on. With his loss to Nadal in the Roland Garros final, he no longer looks impenetrable at the majors, but he played the Spaniard very tough, so until Nadal shows that he can beat him on faster surface again, the Serbian remains the favorite. He will attack more on grass and his bullet of a backhand is still more lethal than the rest of the field’s is. But he sure as heck better play better than he did against Seppi and Tsonga at RG or this time he might not escape a loss prior to the final weekend.

RAFAEL NADAL: As Nadal reminded us time and time again last year, no player can sustain near perfect play forever and that