Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Win Laureus Awards For Third Time
The world No1 players Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards in Berlin on Monday.
In a ceremony in the German capital, hosted by the US actor Bill Murray, Serbia’s Djokovic beat the Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton among others for the top men’s award.
Djokovic and Williams – who fought off her rivals, including the footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – were rewarded for dominating their sport last year, with each winning three of the four grand slams.
Both athletes picked up the top prize for the third time, with Williams having previously won it in 2003 and 2010 while Djokovic was also victorious in 2012 and 2015.
The golfer Jordan Spieth won the breakthrough of the year award after winning his first two majors at the 2015 US Masters and US Open, while New Zealand’s All Blacks won team of the year award following their World Cup victory.
There was some joy for the host nation as well with the triathlete Jan Frodeno grabbing the action sportsperson of the year prize.
The Dutch footballer and coach Johan Cruyff, who died of cancer in March, was posthumously awarded a spirit of sport award. His son Jordi received the award.