A big congrats to Novak Djokovic for winning arguably the biggest honor in global sports, the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
“I am beyond words to describe how i feel tonight,” Djokovic said. “Just to be in the same room with the world’s greatest athletes, whom I will allow myself to call ‘LEGENDS of the sport’ is a great honor and privilege. Well, then, you can imagine how honored I feel right now to be entitled to hold this award, and to be called the World’s sportsman of the year. This award means a lot to me, my team, my family, and my fans around the world.”
Djokovic finished 2011 as the No. 1 player in men’s tennis, winning three of the four Grand Slams and totaling 10 titles on the men’s tour.
Last weekend the Serb continued his torrid play winning his third Australian Open title beating rival Rafael Nadal in a near-six hour epic final in Melbourne.
Djokovic was in London to accept the award from former tennis great Boris Becker. Novak beat out other top sporting stars including Lionel Messi, Dirk Nowitzki, Sebastian Vettel and Usain Bolt.
The full list of winners:
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot
Laureus World Team of the Year: FC Barcelona
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Rory McIlroy
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Darren Clarke
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oscar Pistorius
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater
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