The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Tuesday named Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic as the women’s and men’s world champions of the year 2015.
They both won three of the four Grand Slams in 2015 and dominated the world rankings. Serena Williams who was named the world champion for the sixth time, won 53 marches and lost three in the year.
After winning Wimbledon in July she also held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time for the second time in her career, which she previously dubbed a ‘Serena Slam’ in contrast to a calendar Grand Slam. In an ITF Serena Williams disclosed thus:
It means a lot to me to be named the ITF World Champion for the sixth time. I am proud to have achieved my second Serena Slam, in what has been an amazing year for me.
Djokovic, who finished the year as men’s number one for the fourth time, won the award for a fifth time. He managed a career-best 11 titles and finished with an 82-6 record. He got even closer to the Grand Slam than Williams, who was beaten in the US Open semi-finals, as he only missed out on a first Roland Garros crown in the final against Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic revealed that 2015 was of the best years of his career.
My season was the best of my career with many highlights. It inspires me even more to keep on going, and I hope to continue to play at this level in 2016.
India’s Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis of Switzerland were named the women’s doubles champions with Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau of Romania picking up the men’s