Jon Wertheim’s 2022 WTA award picks

Hello everyone:

Let’s postpone our weekly Q/A sessions and hand out some awards. We’ll do the WTA this week, and the ATP next week. I have no issue with the media voting for sports honours. But I do have an issue with the media voting for awards behind the cloak of anonymity. So let’s go public with our picks and a few additional categories:

WTA Player of the Year

Caroline Garcia
Coco Gauff
Wed Jabeur
Jessica Pegula
Elena Rybakina
Iga Swiatek

• Tennis balls are spherical. Tennis courts are rectangular. The tennis off-season is insufficient. Arthur Ashe Stadium is not intimate.…There are some immutable tennis truths. Here’s another: Iga Swiatek is the best player in the game today. The 2022 ballot looks very different from the 2021 ballot. But after the retirement of multiple stars and the decline of others (yes, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep; but also Barbora Krejcikova and Emma Raducanu) Swiatek got her battlefield promotion in 2022. She honored it winning two of three majors and going 67-9 —including a run of 37 straight—on the year.

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