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2003 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

Shawn Worth

In a year that saw 12 different men's singles champions on the 2003 COGP tour, Shawn Worth was one of only two men to capture more than one title. He also finished on top of the Tennisfax/COGP men's singles rankings. For this performance, he earned his first Male Player of the Year award. Worth won singles titles at Tennisfax and the Masters and he made the round of 16 at the Hardcourts. His 2003 singles record was 8-1.

FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kathy Kinnard

Kathy Kinnard continues to post solid results year after year on the tennis court. In 1974, she won her first women's singles championship. In 2003 on the COGP tour, she won six more titles bringing her career total to 93 (50 of those on the COGP tour). In women's open singles, she won the Unlimited, Tennisfax and the Masters championships, She also won the women's 35 singles at Tennisfax and the women's 45 singles title at the Hardcourts. With daughter Kelsey, Kinnard won a mother/daughter doubles title at Wickertree and reached the women's open doubles final at Groveport. For a match record of 12-1, #1 Tennisfax/COGP rankings in women's singles and women's 45 singles and a #4 ranking in women's 35 singles, Kathy Kinnard was named Female Player of the Year.

SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mark Mathias

Each year, there is a player who is truly the "iron-man" of the COGP. Mark Mathias was that player in 2003. For winning ten titles overall and earning the #1 ranking in the Tennisfax/COGP men's 45 singles, Mathias was named the Senior Player of the Year. He won men's 45 singles titles at Groveport, New Albany and the Masters. His men's 45 singles match record was 8-0. He also won the men's 45 doubles at Whitehall. In men's 35 singles, Mathias won titles at Whitehall, Groveport and Reynoldsburg and was runner-up at the Masters with a 11-1 match record. He won men's 35 doubles titles at Lancaster and Bexley, and was a finalist at Reynoldsburg. He also won the men's open doubles at Reynoldsburg and reached the quarters in men's singles there. Overall, his match record was 28-2 and he earned additional rankings of #2 in men's 35 singles, #4 in men's 35 doubles and #9 in both men's open doubles and men's 45 doubles.

JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Dodd

No other junior player in 2003 was as a consistent champion as Ryan Dodd. He won boys' 16 singles titles at Dublin, Reynoldsburg and the Masters where he also won the boys' 18 doubles crown. He was a finalist at Tennisfax in boys' 16 singles and at the Central Ohio in boys' 18 singles. He even "played up" in the men's open singles at the Central Ohio reaching the semifinals. He finished the year ranked #1 in the Tennisfax/COGP boys' 16 singles, #3 in boys' 18 singles and doubles and #36 in men's open singles. As a result, Ryan Dodd was selected the Junior Player of the Year.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Ryan Thompson

Generally, when a junior player "moves up" to the adult divisions in tournaments, they struggle to win matches. Not so Ryan Thompson. He simply won the men's open singles and doubles at the Unlimited Open, was a men's singles finalist at New Albany and a men's singles quarterfinalist at the Tennisfax Classic. His 8-2 match record earned him the #2 Tennisfax/COGP men's singles ranking and the #12 spot in men's doubles. For a solid record in his first full year in the men's divisions on the 2003 COGP tour, Ryan Thompson was selected as the Most Improved Player.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Brenda Vadala

In her debut on the COGP tour, Brenda Vadala won the women's 35 singles title at the Unlimited Open. She was also the women's 35 singles finalist at the Hardcourts. In women's open singles, she added three more titles by winning the Central Ohio, South Central and Westerville tournaments along with a runner-up trophy at New Albany and the backdraw title at the Hardcourts. She was also a finalist in mixed doubles at the South Central tournament. For an outstanding first year in 2003, Brenda Vadala compiled an overall 15-6 match record, earned the #2 Tennisfax/COGP ranking in both women's open singles and women's 35 singles and was named COGP Newcomer of the Year.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brian Ballmann

After appearing in only one COGP tournament in 2002, unranked Brian Ballmann returned with an outstanding effort in 2003. After a quarterfinal finish in men's singles at Tennisfax , he won at Westerville and was a finalist at Dublin. He also was a men's doubles finalist at Reynoldsburg. He finished the year with the #3 Tennisfax/COGP ranking in men's singles and #25 in men's doubles. For his efforts, Ballmann was named Comeback Player of the Year.

SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Andrew Shepler

While showing the best of sportsmanship and fair play during his matches, Andrew Shepler was also a shining example of courtesy and cooperation to the organizers of the tournaments he played. In boys' 16 singles, he was a semifinalist at Bexley and Groveport; the backdraw champion at the Central Ohio and Westerville; and a backdraw finalist at Hilliard. He ended the year ranked #27 in the boys' 16 singles Tennisfax/COGP rankings. For his on court performances and admirable behavior, Andrew Shepler was awarded the Shane Roush Sportsmanship Award.

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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.

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