The Player of the Year powered by Polar award is given to three best-performing European players in the 14 and 16 & Under age categories of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour according to the final Race to Junior Masters ranking of the season. The #1 player in each group receives a state of the art Polar RC3 GPS computerised training wrist watch, and all winners receive a diploma.
Over the years, the award has proven to be a reliable indicator of future success, with former recipients including many of today’s top players, including stars such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin.
Click here to see an infographic about the history of the accolade. The 2013 winners are listed below:
Boys 14 & Under
1. Corentin Moutet (FRA)
The first French boy to be named as a Player of the Year since 2004, Moutet had a stellar, holding the #1 spot for the second half of the season despite playing fewer events than any other member of the Top 10. His biggest victory was at the European Junior Championships, but he also win Category 1 titles in Bolton, Paris and Ste Genevieve des Bois as well as competing on the French teams that reached the final of the Tennis Europe Winter Cups by HEAD and the semifinals of the Summer Cups.
2. Samuele Ramazzotti (ITA)
Junior Masters champion Ramazzotti also won category 1 titles in Tarbes and Renningen/Rutesheim and finished the season just a whisker behind Moutet - his conqueror in the European Junior Championships final in July – to claim the #2 spot.
3. Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS)
A busy first half of the season saw Dubrivnyy rack up three singles titles including Category 1 wins in Stockholm and Rome and the Russian #1 also anchored his national side to victory at both the Winter and Summer Cups.
Girls 14 & Under
1. Evgeniya Levashova (RUS)
Levashova had one of the most impressive seasons of any player on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour, winning 43 of 47 matches and winning six 14 & Under titles, including the European Junior Championships and Junior Masters.
2. Amina Anshba (RUS)
Anshba was one of the busier players on the Tour, splitting her time between the 14 and 16 & Under circuits and securing three singles and three doubles titles during the season as well as appearing on her national Winter Cups team.
3. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
Vondrousova lost just 4 of her 37 singles matches during 2013 and claimed an impressive 10 titles overall (5 singles, and 5 doubles) including the European Junior Championship in doubles, where she was also runner-up in singles.
Boys 16 & Under
1. Mate Valkusz (HUN)
A 14 & under Player of the Year in 2012, Valkusz progressed successfully to the 16 & Under age group by notching up five titles during the season, including the Tennis Europe Junior Masters. He is the first Hungarian boy ever to win two Player of the Year titles.
2. Daniel Orlita (CZE)
Orlita ended the 2013 season exactly as he had in 2012, with a runner-up spot at the Junior Masters and by claiming a 16 & Under Player of the Year title for a second time. Surprisingly Orlita is the only Czech boy to be named as a 16 & Under Player of the Year in the last 20 years.
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
Tsitsipas finished the season strongly with tournament wins in Munich and Rennigen/Rutesheim to qualify for the Junior Masters and become the first Greek boy to claim a Player of the Year accolade in 10 years.
Girls 16 & Under
1. Michaela Bayerlova (CZE)
A 25-match mid-summer unbeaten streak saw Bayerlova claim four consecutive titles and become one of the most feared opponents on the Tour. She also reached the semi-finals of the Junior Masters and won two doubles titles, and is the first Czech winner of the 16 & Under girls’ Player of the Year title since 1992.
2. Ioana Minca (ROU)
Junior Masters champion Minca won her last four events of the season, establishing an 18-match unbeaten streak and bringing her season’s tally to five singles and two doubles titles. She ended the season just 10 points behind #1 Bayerlova.
3. Hanna Kryvatulava (BLR)
A consistent performer throughout the season, Kryvatulava lost just once before the quarterfinals and won three singles titles, finishing the year with a runner-up spot at the Junior Masters.