Athlete of the Month Ballot

September 2022


Carlos Alcaraz, tennis, Spain

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open men’s title after defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the finals on 11 September 2022 in New York. At age 19, he is the youngest man to ascend to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) No. 1 ranking.

Remco Evenepoel, cycling, Belgium

Remco Evenepoel of Belgium won the men’s elite race at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, on 25 September 2022. Evenepoel finished with a time of 6:16:08 and captured his fifth race win on the season.

Jalen Hurts, football, United States

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month after completing 66 of 98 passes for 916 yards with four touchdown passes and an NFC best 106.5 quarterback rating. He recorded 167 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns – becoming the first player ever with at least 900 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in the first three games of the season.

Aaron Judge, baseball, United States

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge earned American League player of the month honors after hitting .417/.565/.869 with 10 home runs, eight doubles, 17 RBIs and 30 walks in 25 games in the month. He hit his 61st home run of the season on 28 September 2022, tying Roger Maris’ single-season AL record from 1961.

Eliud Kipchoge, marathon, Kenya

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge broke his own marathon world record by 30 seconds with a time of 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon on 25 September 2022. Kipchoge set the previous world record at the same race in 2018. It was his 15th marathon win and 10th major title in his career.

Ilia Malinin, figure skating, United States

American figure skater Ilia Malinin became the first athlete in the sport’s history to land a quadruple axel in competition at the US International Classic in Lake Placid, N.Y., on 20 September 2022.

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Tobi Amusan, athletics, Nigeria

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan set a meet record with a time of 12.29 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles final in Diamond League competition in Zurich on 8 September 2022.

Tigist Assefa, marathon, Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa won the women’s Berlin Marathon race on 25 September 2022 with a time of 2:15:37, the third-fastest time ever and a course record.

Stephanie Gilmore, surfing, Australia

Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore held off Olympic champion Carissa Moore to win a record eighth women’s world surfing title at the World Surf League Finals in California on 8 September 2022. Only American man Kelly Slater has more world titles, 11, among men and women competitors.

Chelsea Gray, basketball, United States

Las Vegas Aces point guard Chelsea Gray earned WNBA Finals MVP honors after averaging 18.3 points per game in the championship series and scored 20 points in the series-clinching game for the Aces in September. Gray shot 45 percent from three-point range and averaged six assists per game in the Finals.

Iga Swiatek, tennis, Poland

Poland’s Iga Swiatek won the women’s U.S. Open championship, defeating Ons Jabur 6-2, 7-6 on 11 September 2022 in New York. It was her second major title this season and she is the first player since Angelique Kerber in 2016 to win multiple majors in the same season. She is also the first Polish woman to win the US Open.

Annemiek van Vleuten, cycling, Netherlands

Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s road race at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, on 24 September 2022. Van Vleuten finished with a time of 4:24:25.