Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Garbine Muguruza Bag Special Awards on the Women’s Tour

Published 12/08/2020, 12:13 PM EST
Venus Williams attempts a serve. | Credits: Reuters


With the ongoing offseason, players are vacationing before starting preparation for the 2021 Australian Open. Reflecting on the coronavirus struck 2020 season, we want to hand out alternative awards to not just the best performers on the WTA tour but also to players for their interesting endeavors off the court. When everyone was looking for ways to stay fit during the quarantine period, Venus Williams leveraged social media to start virtual workouts using the hashtag, #CoachVenus.

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Quarantine Queen award- Venus Williams

Inviting fellow players and celebrities on her Instagram live, Williams promoted virtual workouts while having fun chat sessions with her guests. The American motivated her fans to maintain an active lifestyle during the pandemic by encouraging healthy habits.

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The 7-time Grand Slam champion invited the likes of Naomi Campbell, Grigor Dimitrov, Naomi Osaka, Rob Gronkowski, her sister Serena Williams and simultaneously promoting her activewear brand EleVen.

Press Conference Wisdom award- Victoria Azarenka

Despite going through injuries and a host of personal problems, Victoria Azarenka made a stunning comeback post the tour’s resumption. The Belarusian claimed the title at Cincinnati Masters and made it to the finals of the US Open and Ostrava.

However, Azarenka was equally adept during the press conferences and articulated the learnings from her experiences beautifully. Through sheer grit and resilience, the two-time Australian Open champion ended the year as the World No.13.

 

Acknowledging her resurgence on the tour, Azarenka was awarded the WTA Comeback Player of the Year. Along with this achievement, we would like to confer her with our Press Conference Wisdom award.

Daredevil award – Garbine Muguruza

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Former World No.1 Garbine Muguruza continued with her adventurous escapades by training with Spain’s Civil Guard. The 2017 Wimbledon champion indulged in helicopter rescue exercises with the GREIM, went cave diving with the GEAS, and took self-defense classes.

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Astonishingly, last year after the 2019 season, Muguruza climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The Spaniard is not just fearless on the court but loves taking on challenges off the court as well.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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