ITF picks Roddick over Federer for world champion!

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  1. Kevin Patrick

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    just kidding davey25....

    LONDON - Roger Federer, winner of three Grand Slams, and French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, who led Russia's domination of the women's game, are the 2004 world champions of tennis.

    Announcing the awards on Monday, the International Tennis Federation said Federer was the overwhelming winner among the men with 11 titles in the year and an 18-0 record against the other players in the top 10. He had 74 match victories and six losses.
    Myskina, however, narrowly beat Amelie Mauresmo of France for the women's honor.

    "Roger Federer was the clear choice for the ITF World Champion based on his extraordinary performance in 2004," ITF president Ricco Bitti said of the 23-year-old Swiss who won the Australian and U.S. Opens and held on to his Wimbledon title.

    "The selection of Anastasia Myskina came down to her performance at the Olympic Games, where she reached the semifinal and her seven singles wins in Fed Cup in 2004."

    Myskina became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title when she beat countrywoman Elena Dementieva in the French Open final.

    It sparked a year of Russian domination with 17-year-old Maria Sharapova winning Wimbledon and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeating Dementieva for the U.S. Open title in another all-Russian final.

    Sharapova then won the tour championship in Los Angeles and Russia went on to win the Fed Cup with Myskina winning both her singles matches and the doubles in partnership with Vera Zvonareva.
     
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  2. davey25

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    What was the award Sharapova won? I thought that was the ITF player of the year. In any case I think Sharapova would be a better choice than Myskina. Myskina had more chances to get to 1, if you look at her chain of missed opportunities. She had a great year but her squandered chances at the Olympics, year-end event, and U.S open, not to get to 1 instantly at those events, but to put herself on track for it eventually, does not indicate a worthy year-end champion. Sharapova had some dissapointing results but took nearly every opportunity she had.
     
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  3. arosen

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    Bulls-hi-t. I mean, allow me to disagree, please. Myskina was very consistent all the way through the year, more so than Maria, and when it mattered most she singlehandedly won the Fed Cup for Russia. Kuznetsova lost all she could lose in that one, and it was all up to Anastasia. She sure did her part well. Thanks to her, the Russians won it for the first time ever. She even had to play a doubles match which she won as well. So, C'mon.
     
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  4. Camilio Pascual

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    Davenport wuz robbed.
     
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  5. pound cat

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    Here's Tennis-x's comment about the myskina choice.

    Posted on December 20, 2004



    Tennis-X Commentary: ITF Controversy Says Myskina No. 1 for 2004

    By Richard Vach

    In an example of the gaping reality maw between the organizations clamoring for control of professional tennis, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) named No. 3-ranked Anastasia Myskina the "ITF World Champion" for 2004.

    Downplaying WTA Tour wins, the ITF's "objective system" for World Champion weighs heavily on the ITF-run events -- the Fed Cup, the Olympics, and the Grand Slams.

    Russia was one of the few countries that brought out their top players for the beleaguered Fed Cup competition, beating the Amelie Mauresmo-less French team in the final. In addition to her seven Fed Cup singles wins during the year, Myskina was also rewarded for reaching the semifinals at the Athens Olympics where she choked away a 5-1 lead in the third set against Justine Henin-Hardenne.






    "The selection of Anastasia Myskina came down to her performance at the Olympic games where she reached the semifinals and her seven singles wins in Fed Cup," said ITF President Francesco Ricci "Itti" Bitti. "This has been an extraordinary year of tennis."

    In a slight to the WTA Tour's ranking system, according to the ITF Myskina finishes ahead of year-end No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and the year-end No. 2 Mauresmo.

    Myskina's third-place finish in the WTA Rankings was better than her fourth-place finish on the titles chart. Tied with countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova and Aussie Alicia Molik with three titles in 2004, Myskina trailed far behind Davenport (seven titles), Henin-Hardenne (five titles in only nine events), Mauresmo (five), and poster girl Maria Sharapova (five).

    In addition to the French Open title, Myskina won at Doha and Moscow, and lost in her only other final at San Diego (l. to Davenport).

    While she finished behind Davenport and Mauresmo in the final WTA Tour Rankings, it could be argued that Myskina's year even paled behind the pin-up girl Sharapova's. Maria Mania began with the Wimbledon title where she beat Davenport and Serena Williams, then ended with a bang at the year-end championships where the cell-phone-and-office-products mannequin recorded wins over Myskina in the semis and Serena in the final.

    Head-to-heads are another area that Myskina came up short against her Top 10-ranked compatriots. Myskina was 0-2 versus Henin-Hardenne in 2004, 0-1 versus Mauresmo, and 0-1 versus Serena. The top Russian was 2-2 versus Davenport and 2-1 versus Capriati, and dominated second-tier Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva and Vera "The Crying Game" Zvonareva.

    The ITF added that Myskina narrowly edged Mauresmo for the top honor. Davenport's ITF ranking consideration remains a mystery.

    Luckily for confused fans, Roger Federer's dominating season gave the ITF no choice but to award the top honor to the Swiss, who otherwise lost early at the Olympics and says he will skip the first round of the ITF's Davis Cup competition for 2005. Had Federer won a slam or two less he may have been trumped by Tommy Robredo, who helped Spain win the ITF's Davis Cup competition?

    On Monday the WTA Tour website for whatever reason proudly trumpeted the story of the ITF making a mockery of their ranking system.

    The ATP and WTA market the official rankings for men's and women's tennis respectively, but the ITF for years has compiled its own unpublished rankings system (separate from the "World Champion" calculations), each week laboriously building its own (reportedly even more comprehensive) database of player results dating farther than the ATP/WTA efforts. While the Open Era for professional tennis began in 1968, records from the late '60s and early '70s are sketchy.

    The ATP and ITF softened their contentious relationship a few years back by teaming for joint ownership of the year-end Masters Cup, but the ITF remains ever vigilant in its effort to leverage its pull.

    In the mid-1990s there was even talk that the ITF was on the verge of launching its own competing mini-tour, adding a handful of Masters Series-type events to its four Grand Slams, this when relations between the ATP and ITF were at their most contentious. Remember the Grand Slam Cup anyone?

    Now the once-mighty ITF has been relegated to gaining notoriety by taking the No. 3-ranked player and naming her World Champion. Perhaps time to rename the honor "ITF World Champion Who Still Plays Fed Cup."

    If the goal is fan confusion, among the alphabet soup of tennis organizations and ranking systems and awards jockeying for importance, we say well done ITF.
     
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  6. dAgEnIuS

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    that's just scr-ewd up...
     
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    Using Fed Cup as a reason is a joke, when Davenport was barred from Fed Cup a couple years back for a silly reason, Myskina more or less bullied them to keep Sharapova off the team, and Henin and Clijsters were sick or injured at alternating periods.
    Mauresmo is the only one you could make an argument for, in not giving full effort or producing fully to Fed Cup compared to Myskina.
     
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