Marino: Canadian Player Of The Year
Published November 29, 2010 12:00
VANCOUVER, Canada - After a fall season that saw her rise almost 80 spots in the rankings and end the year just outside the Top 100 at No.101, Rebecca Marino was named Canada's Player Of The Year by Tennis Canada this past week, the first non-Québecois winner since 2003 (Ontario's Maureen Drake) and the first from British Columbia since 2001 (Jana Nejedly).
Marino qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open, reaching the second round and playing Venus Williams in a very close two-setter. The 19-year-old, who turns 20 in December, then went on an 18-match winning streak, collecting three ITF Women's Circuit titles during that stretch.
"Rebecca had a fantastic run to close out 2010 and has given Canadian fans much optimism for next year," said Michael Downey, President & CEO, Tennis Canada. "Her run in New York brought Rebecca international respect and she followed that with one of the best winning streaks in recent memory. In addition to her on-court power, Rebecca possesses a genuine character and strong work ethic that all young Canadian tennis players should admire."
"I'm honored to receive this award and greatly appreciate the support I've received from my family, friends, Tennis Canada, Tennis BC and fans," Marino said. "I have a lot of work over the coming weeks to prepare for the start of the 2011 season but look forward to taking the next big step in my career."
Marino spent a few days doing a variety of media activities and appearances. On Saturday she started with media training and was then honored at a Vancouver Canucks game, receiving a video tribute and a thunderous applause from 20,000 fans when she was introduced wearing her Marino No.1 Canucks jersey.
On Sunday, Marino collaborated with David Fierro Studios for a photo shoot at the Spanish Banks. On Monday, she made live appearances on City TV, Team 1040 radio and CKNW radio, held a media conference at the Grant Connell Tennis Centre in North Vancouver (where she was named Canada's Player Of The Year) then went to CTV, where she was interviewed live in studio.
Read more about Rebecca's rise in On The Cusp: Rebecca Marino.