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2008 Tennisfax/COGP Players of the Year

Each year after the COGP Masters Championships, Tennisfax and the COGP select the Player of the Year awards. Those players who were most outstanding are chosen in the following categories: Male, Female, Senior, Junior, Most Improved, Newcomer, Comeback and Shane Roush Sportsmanship.

 


MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Marc Thomas

No one has earned this distinction more than once with a greater gap between awards than Marc Thomas. Eleven years ago in 1997, he earned his first Player of the Year award. In 2008, Thomas collected the most overall titles of any man on the COGP tour. He was the singles champion at Bexley and Reynoldsburg and won doubles titles at Bexley, Academy and Reynoldsburg. He was also the doubles finalist at the Masters. With the #2 men's singles ranking and a ranking of #4 in men's doubles, Marc Thomas was named the 2008 Male Player of the Year.

FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lucy Mitchell

Year after year, Lucy Mitchell continues to add to her records as the COGP's most successful player. This past summer, she won women's singles titles at Bexley, Westerville and Reynoldsburg and was a finalist at Worthington. In mixed doubles, she won at Groveport, was a finalist at the Central Ohio tournament and a semifinalist at Pickerington. With #1 rankings in singles and mixed doubles, Mitchell was named the Female Player of the Year for the sixth time.

SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jim Nelson

In one of the tightest races for number one in any division on the COGP summer tour, Jim Nelson finished #2 in the rankings. However, he collected the most men's 55 singles titles by winning at Gahanna, Academy, New Albany, Worthington and the Masters. He also had a direct win over the top ranked player in their only meeting last summer. For his outstanding performance in 2008, Nelson was named the Senior Player of the Year.

JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Seckel

With all the different age groups for both boys and girls, sometimes it's hard for junior players to stand out from the crowd. Last summer, David Seckel made a statement loud and clear. He started the year slowly with quarterfinal finishes in boys' 14 singles at the Penn New Year tournament and Gahanna. Then he found his stride with a runner-up finish at Bexley followed by titles at Groveport, the Central Ohio, Academy, another runner-up finish at Worthington and more titles at Westerville and Reynoldsburg. He also won doubles titles at Bexley (boys' 14 doubles) and Groveport (boys' 18 doubles). For his outstanding performance in 2008, David Seckel was named the Junior Player of the Year.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Andrew Losinske

This player went from #12 in 2007 to #4 last summer in the men's singles rankings on the strength of winning his first COGP title. He was also a quarterfinalist at New Albany and the Masters, reached the semis at Gahanna and the finals at Worthington. His title came at Dublin with a win over the top ranked player. For his solid performance on the 2008 COGP tour, Andrew Losinske was named the Most Improved Player.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Casey Buccilla

In her debut on the COGP tour, Casey Buccilla rose all the way to #3 in the girls' 16 singles rankings. She won titles at Bexley and the Central Ohio tournament. She was also the backdraw champion at Tennisfax and reached the semis at Academy. For her solid performance during her inaugural COGP summer tour, Buccilla was named the 2008 Newcomer of the Year.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mark Fazzina

After missing the entire 2007 COGP season, Mark Fazzina returned to the tour to become the #5 ranked men's 45 singles player. He was a semifinalist at Bexley and Reynoldsburg and reached the finals at the Masters. For his solid return to COGP competition, Fazzina was named the Comeback Player of the Year.

SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Patrick Williamson

Each year, it seems harder to notice players who show the qualities of good sportsmanship. Rarely do you hear a player compliment an opponent for a good shot. Few players show graciousness in defeat anymore. Most players don't even seem to be enjoying their tennis. Patrick Williamson is the exception. As a result, Williamson is clearly deserving of the Shane Roush Sportsmanship award for 2008.

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NOMINATE A PLAYER

 

TennisFax invites you to vote for the Player of the Week awards. Each week on the COGP tour, you can help select the Adult and Junior players for that week.

Players who receive this award are not necessarily the winners of the tournament though they might be. It could be someone who won multiple titles. Or it could be someone who gave a performance above and beyond expectations. Or it might be a player showing outstanding sportsmanship.

Help us select the players who stand out above the rest each week on the COGP.

Click here to nominate a Player of the Week.

You can also vote for the Player of the Year awards. Starting in September, you can help select the outstanding Male, Female, Senior, Junior, Most Improved, Newcomer and Comeback players on this year's COGP tour. You can also nominate a player for the Shane Roush Sportsmanship Award.

Click here to nominate a Player of the Year.