In a ceremony at Shanghai Grand Theatre, tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took home the prestigious honor of being named Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year earlier today.
The Serb beat out other hopefuls including Lewis Hamilton (Motor Racing), Renaud Lavillenie (Athletics), Rory McIlroy (Golf), Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) and Marc Marquez (Motorcycling).
“The past season was one of the best in my career,” Djokovic said. “I achieved great results, but I have to say I wouldn’t be where I am today, if it wasn’t for my team and their support. I owe the credit to them. I would like to thank Laureus, the institution which brings sports legends together and cares about young people around the world. Sport has inspired and motivated many of us, it is the language we all understand and love. Sport often encourages children to exercise and dream. Competition is not only to win trophies and medals, it’s a form of personal empowerment that helps individuals reach their full potential and also results in better societies as a whole”.
Djokovic was presented with the award in Monte Carlo by Princess Charlene.
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