Novak Djokovic Wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award
Novak Djokovic added another trophy to his growing collection, winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award during a ceremony held in London on February, 6th.
The Serbian won three Grand Slam tournaments last yea – Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open – and reached No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. He achieved a 70-6 season record, which included an unbelievable 41-match winning streak, which ended in the Roland Garros semis with a defeat to Roger Federer in the Roland Garros semi-finals.
He continued his Grand Slam winning streak, by winning his fifth Major at the Australian Open in January, defeating Rafael Nadal, in one of the longest Grand Slam finals.
Djokovic is not the first tennis player to win the prestigious trophy, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Willims, Jennifer Capriati and Justine Henin also winning the sportsman (woman) of the year honos in the past years.
Complete list of Laureus World Sports Awards Winners
Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic (tennis)
Sportswoman of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot (athletics, running)
Team of the Year: FC Barcelona (soccer)
Breakthrough of the Year: Rory McIlroy (golf)
Comeback of the Year: Darren Clarke (golf)
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oscar Pistorius (athletics)
Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater (surfing)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Bobby Charlton (soccer)
Sports for Good Award: Raí Souza (soccer)
Legendary tennis player Boris Becker presented the award to Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic with Laureus Sportsman of the Year Trophy
Novak Djokovic and girlfriend Jelena Ristic attend Laureus World Sports Ceremony in London