A few weeks ago Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds received the Lou Marsh Award for the second time as Canada’s athlete of the year chosen by a panel of sports journalists from across Canada. Other finalists included cross-country skier Alex Harvey, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, curler Rachel Homan and moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury. The Canadian Press has named Richmond Hill’s 18 year old tennis sensation Denis Shapovalov as the male athlete of the year in 2017. Shapo took 31% and beat Sidney Crosby by one vote and Joey Votto was third with 17% of the votes according to CP. It’s the third time in 5 years a tennis player has won the award. Milos Raonic is still Canada’s top-ranked player at 24th and took the honour in 2013 and 2014. The Shap has a long way to go but he is young with a bright future ahead and is currently ranked Number 51 after starting the year at 250th in the world. Nadal is ranked Number 1, followed by Federer, Dimitrov, Zverev and Thiem.
Source: Canadian Press
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