European Senior Players of the Year

The Tennis Europe Seniors Player of the Year title is awarded to the top-ranked European player of each age category at the end of each season.

Ten players(*) managed the impressive feat of winning back-to-back titles in 2022, retaining their Player of the Year status for a second consecutive season.

The women’s list features three first-time winners. Barbara Maciocha of Poland (35s), Michelle Oldham (GBR, 50s) and Simona Isidori (ITA, 55s).
A special mention for Heide Orth of Germany, who picks up a 16th Player of the Year title, with a debut in the 80s category.

In the men’s list Roberto Menendez Ferre of Spain continues his incredible run of winning a Player of the Year title each year for the last seven years. Having made an explosive debut in the Men’s 35s in 2015, he’s been the top European ever since, and retains his 45s title.

Herbert Althaus of Germany and Frits Reijmakers (NED) are also building impressive runs, completing a hat trick of 85s and 65s titles respectively.

Amongst the first-time winners are two Brits at opposite ends of the age categories; Richard Stempnowski (30s) and Gordon Oates (90s), alongside Fred Gil (POR, 35s), Nicolas Tourte (FRA, 40s), Jiri Prutyszyn (CZE, 50s), and European Champion Giancarlo Nucci (ITA, 70s).

30 & Over
 Richard Stempknowski (GBR)  Almudena Sanz-Llaneza Fernandez (ESP)*
35 & Over  Fred Gil (POR)  Barbara Maciocha (POL)
40 & Over  Nicolas Tourte (FRA)  Manon Cruse (GER)*
45 & Over  Roberto Menendez Ferre (ESP)*  Valentina Padula (ITA)
50 & Over  Jiri Prutyszyn (CZE)  Michelle Oldham (GBR)
55 & Over  Bart Theelen (NED)*  Simona Isidori (ITA)
60 & Over  Hannes Lienbacher (AUT)  Liselot Prechtel (NED)*
65 & Over  Frits Raijmakers (NED)*  Sabine Schmitz (GER)*
70 & Over  Giancarlo Nucci (ITA)  Reinhilde Adams (GER)*
75 & Over  Jairo Velasco Ramirez (ESP)  Gail Benedetti (FRA)
80 & Over  Ed Sasker (NED)  Heide Orth (GER)
85 & Over  Herbert Althaus (GER)*  June Pearce (GBR)
90 & Over  Gordon Oates (GBR)  Yvette Laubus (FRA)


Former Players of the Year

2000 - 2022 (.pdf)