Djokovic and Serena Williams named ITF World Champions 2012.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has beaten Andy Murray to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) annual men’s World Champion award with American Serena Williams taking the women’s prize for a third time.
Britain Murray was a powerful contender for the honour after beating Djokovic at the U.S. Open to win his first major title after losses in finals and claiming Olympic gold at Wimbledon, weeks after reaching the grand slam final there in which they lost to an inspired Roger Federer.
Djokovic, who ended a second successive year on top of the ATP rankings, successfully defended his Australian Open title, reached the final at the Italian Open and U.S. Open and claimed other titles including the season-ending Tour Finals.
I am proud to have been named ITF World Champion for the second successive year, Djokovic, who dominated 2011 with of the grand slam titles, said in a statement on Tuesday.
It was impossible to follow up such a successful season in 2011, but it was very satisfying to win another grand slam title, reach other major finals and finish the year at number.
Djokovic and Serena Williams named ITF World Champions 2012
The 31-year-old Williams was unstoppable in the second half of 2012, winning Wimbledon, singles and doubles gold at the Olympics and the U.S. Open.
It means a lot to be named ITF World Champion for the third time. It’s been such an wonderful experience this year to win the Olympics and Grand Slam tournaments, and I look forward to having an awesome 2013, said the 15-times major winner.
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan were named men doubles World Champions for the ninth time in ten years after winning Olympic gold for the first time, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of France, winners of the Italian Open and U.S. Open, became women doubles World Champions for the first time.
Dutchwoman Esther Vergeer was named women wheelchair World Champion for the 13th successive year after winning a fourth Paralympic gold. France Stephane Houdet won the men award.