These men are selected from the most successful, most handsome and most media friendly group of tennis players from this season.
If you look at this years tennis coverage who have you seen the most of in non-sports articles… Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal. Closely behind them in the ‘hot’ rankings, and in no particular order, include Tommy Haas, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer and Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Fernando has been everywhere this year from New York’s Met Gala to Calvin Klein’s latest ad campaign X Marks The Spot. Fernando may have had a lack luster second half to the season but he wins the number one spot purely due to his coverage and his rippling muscles that have been so regularly on display this year.
Verdasco narrowly missed out on qualifying for the year end finals in London despite currently sitting at number 9 on the world rankings.
So far this season the Spaniard has claimed two titles (Barcelona and San Jose) and been runner up twice (Nice and Monte Carlo)
The world number one can’t be over looked for the number two position, even if you discount the fact that he’s my personal favourite. The recently released shirtless photo of Nadal in jeans (see left) is reason enough even if you exclude his impressive, and frequently shirtless, appearance in Shakira’s Gypsy video and many other media commitments this year.
Nadal has been splashed all over our computers and magazines this year, posing frequently beside his family and girlfriend Xisca Perello with his many trophies and also posing for magazines such as Holla! and SoBeFit.
On his breaks from his hefty schedule Rafa was frequently seen enjoying the beaches of Mallorca with friends and family.
Nadal claimed three consecutive Grand Slams this season, a feat Federer himself hasn’t managed in a calender year, while also completing a career Grand Slam at the tender age of 24. It has been an impressive year for the Spanish number one considering 2009 was such a disaster for Rafa with a number of injuries that led to him being unable to defend his Wimbledon title and not winning a single match at last years season ending finals. Nadal has redeemed himself and the people love him for it.
In what rounds out an all Spanish top three, Feliciano Lopez is better known for his pretty boy and play boy ways than he his for his tennis ability. Despite this Lopez claimed his first title in 6 years in Johannesburg earlier this year.
It was also a busy year for Feli on the personal front. As usual he and Fernando could be photographed shirtless on the beaches regularly but he also was more present in the media than ever before with the explosive demise of his relationship with Maria Jose Suarez.
Maria Jose claims Feliciano was the father of a child she announced before she was three months along. She claims he wouldn’t speak to her and cheated on her regularly over 5 years. He claims there was no baby and that they both cheated on each other. She aborted the child and was widely criticized in Spanish media for the way she handled the situation. Because of his tumultuous love life Feli has been more on our radar than ever… and lets face it the man is good looking.
Novak has struggled and lifted his game throughout the season while having a bit of fun along the way. Recently in Paris he got dressed up to enter the court for Halloween and earlier in the year he made thousands of people laugh at Hit fr Haiti in Australia when he started massaging Rafa Nadal’s thigh and acting as his trainer. He then stuffed his clothes with towels to look like the Michelin tyre man after being almost hit with a balls. Before long he and Nadal were bumping chests and having a good laugh.
Djokovic is well known as the Joker on court but he has also struggle his allergies and fought problems with his serve to grab a career high ranking of 2 a few times the season. Since claiming his only Grand Slam title at the 2008 Australian Open, Novak has been criticized for not recapturing that form and failing to really pressure Nadal and Federer. However, this year Novak has pushed and remains nipping at their heels, unable to separate the two top ballers for any considerable period of time.
This year Djokovic claimed two titles (Dubai, Beijing) and was runner up twice, once to Federer and once to Nadal at Basel and the US Open.
Novak, who is known to model at times, will play his first match at the London season finals against fellow pretty boy Tomas Berdych. After London Novak will represent Serbia in the Davis Cup finals.
In 5th and 6th position has to come the French boys Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet. Hilariously both boys have been pictured dancing shirtless on stage in a club in Romania alongside some of the clubs girls.
Gasquet, the bad boy of the two, returned to the circuit this year after a length suspension while he was being investigated for cocaine use which he blamed on kissing a mystery girl named Pamela in Miami. The amount of cocaine found was the equivalent of a grain of salt – almost enough to be insignificant, almost enough to end his career.
Tsonga, on the other hand, is better known for his contagious smile and victory bounce. Despite his season ending early after he re-aggravated a knee injury, Tsonga has always been a fan favourite.
As someone who has caught a train with Robredo dressed up for a football match in Madrid I can tell you that this guy is incredibly good looking, to the point where I, always a Robredo fan, was actually shocked by his piercing blue eyes and great body.
Tommy has always been a consistent player on tour but has struggled to break the big time and stand out from a very talented and handsome (and media friendly) group of top Spanish players.
It’s been an average year for the Spaniard which is represented by his ranking – 50.
Tomas Berdych has burst onto people’s radar’s this year, finally fullfilling some of his potential. He’s always had the game but never managed to string it all together before and actually finish the match with a win. This year his most notable scalp was that of Federer at Wimbledon, allowing Berdych to fight his way to the finals where he was defeated by Nadal.
Berdych also made the semi’s, and almost won, of the French Open. Due to his success, Berdych has made his way into the top ten and for the first time in his career he is set to make his debut in the tour finals in London.
The man from the Czech Republic has quickly become a fan favourite after making two finals this year (Wimbledon and Miami), and become popular with female fans for his good looks and crystal clear blue eyes.
Coming in at number 9 is the good looking German-come-American and recent first time father Tommy Haas. Despite the fact that Tommy has spent most of the year out recovering from hip surgery and knee tendinitis he has always been a favourite with the fans and known to model regularly, sometimes along side partner Sara Foster.
While Haas and Foster are yet to announce the name of their daughter, Haas has remained in the headlines for his various injuries, his application (and ultimately success) to become an American citizen and for his personal life. Tommy will end the year ranked 372 after making a great comeback last year before being injured again.
10 – Roger Federer
I don’t think anyone can deny that Federer has had a successful year, even if it’s not by his lofty standards. Federer started the year with a band, claiming the Australian Open and while he may not have claimed many titles during the season until the last few weeks Federer has still been a constant fan favourite.
Federer was recently voted (again) fan favourite on the ATP World Tour. Federer also entered a very exclusive group of men who have won Grand Slams as fathers this year. He has also done extensive media work and promotional events for his many sponsors.
Federer may have jumped around in the rankings this year but he is now firmly in place in the number two position behind Nadal and has claimed 4 titles this season (Australian Open, Basel, Stockholm, Cincinnati).