Chiudinelli Presented 2009 Comeback Player Of The Year Award By Federer
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Swiss Marco Chiudinelli was presented the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year Award by his compatriot and World No. 1 Roger Federer on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Indian Wells.
“It’s a great honour to get this award voted by my fellow players,” said 28-year-old Chiudinelli. “It was a hard time for me to get back and I’m very proud of having achieved a great comeback, and it feels great that other people recognize that effort.”
Chiudinelli made a ranking jump of 723 positions from 2008, climbing from No. 779 to a year-end best No. 56 last season.
He won 10 ATP World Tour level matches, highlighted by his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Basel. He also reached the quarter-finals in Bangkok and won his first ATP World Tour doubles title in Gstaad (w/Lammer).
In his third career Grand Slam tournament, he reached the third round at the US Open. He was sidelined for eight months in 2008 after undergoing left knee surgery on 14 November, 2007.