Juan Martin del Potro won't be a part of next week's ATP World Tour Finals. However, he was a part of the 2016 awards night for the ATP Tour on Thursday night. Del Potro won the Comeback Player of the Year Award for the second time in his career, following a stellar season that saw him finish in the Top 40.

Del Potro also won in 2011

The first time that del Potro won the award was 2011, a season that followed plenty of missed time in 2010 due to a wrist injury. Season highlights in 2011 included a clay-court title at Estoril and a hard-court title at Delray Beach. In 2016 del Potro only won one title, that coming recently in Stockholm, however he also enjoyed some impressive results in big tournaments to go along with that title.

For instance, JMD won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics for men's singles. In that tournament he defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Furthermore, del Potro made a run to the US Open quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows a couple of months ago, one that went through Dominic Thiem. Other highlights in 2016 include victories over both Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, the former coming at Wimbledon and the latter coming in recent Davis Cup play.

Del Potro's ranking low despite success

Del Potro finishes the season as the World No. 38 and has some work to do in order to get back into guaranteed seeding position for the Grand Slams. One reason that his ranking is so low could be attributed to the ATP's decision not to award ranking points for the Rio Olympics.

That was a decision that was unique to Rio in comparison to London and Beijing. In fact if the ranking points for London were to be applied to Rio then del Potro would have earned 450 of them. If that total was applied to his current total, then he would be the World No. 26 instead of the World No. 38.

Other nominations for the award were Julien Benneteau, Ivo Karlovic, and Florian Mayer. Furthermore, one player that I felt was overlooked as a nominee was Gael Monfils. I think an argument could still be made that he should have won the award instead of del Potro due to the Frenchman's success following injury problems from 2015.

Monfils has a more prestigious title on the season from Washington and he has 2016 Grand Slam success to speak of as well. Furthermore, Monfils made the ATP World Tour Finals field, an incredible accomplishment after what he has gone through. It struck me as strange that he did not receive even a nomination when he may have been the most deserving player for the award outright.

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