Novak Djokovic Wins Fourth Laureus World Sportsman Award

by Tom Gainey | February 18th, 2019, 3:28 pm

Following an incredible second half to 2018, Novak Djokovic picked up his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award Monday in Monaco.

“A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me,” Djokovic said. “Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

“Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I’ll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support.”

Djokovic beat out Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge and LeBron James for the top honor.

Naomi Osaka won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.

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12 Comments for Novak Djokovic Wins Fourth Laureus World Sportsman Award

Daniel Says:

Djoko ties Bolt and is 1 away from Federer`s record 5. Maybe next year, if he wins 2 more majors this year, probably no one will beat him in achievements in 2019.

Wog Boy Says:

Monika Seles looks great, she thinks Nole has another 5 years of top tennis in him if he feels like playing, Jelena “forgot” to give credit to too people who saved Nole’s career, she hasn’t even mentioned them:(

tennis racket pro Says:

He surely deserve it! He showed he is hungry for GRAND SLAMS

chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic is shown enjoying the night with Boris Becker. His wife was given credit for him not quitting tennis in his acceptance speech. He also mentioned that what happened to him at the end of the French Open was he only felt relief on achieving one of his biggest goals and no sense of fulfillment like he had thought for years would happen and part of his going off track was looking where the fulfillment might be if not in tennis Slams.

From Twitter –
Nice to see his parents again. His mom looks gorgeous for a granny. Something big had to give up a lot of hair to make his wife’s hairpiece (hope it didn’t die), and in fun, she flashes some nice leg. Novak still continues his discordant, jangling habit of tuxes and white sneakers.

Andy Mira Says:

Congrats to Novak for the win!…He deserves it after the year he had last year…

And congrats too to Jelena for standing strong beside his man when things got really tough before…

RZ Says:

AM – actually half a year, which is even more impressive!
Well deserved by Nole.

Andy Mira Says:

Hehe….Yeah RZ!…u’re right half a year…and like u said it really was impressive coz from jan-june,Novak still very much in deep slump…with his heartbreaking exit at FO & all…and then all of a sudden,things change!…

I always knew he will come back…but i have no idea he could switched off/on his tennis in a span of a few weeks!….oh wow!…just…..amazing!!

Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Nole and his team for his achievements!


Thank you for the link. Such a lovely, heartfelt speech from Nole.
I give his wife credit for her part in Nole’s success, but boy, she tries really hard to make all about her. Definetely not my type of person…

Van Persie Says:

watching her talking reminded me of this video

Daniel Says:


“tuxes and white sneakers.” He is echoing some Timberlake vibe;-)

Wog Boy Says:

My pleasure and absolutely agree with you re his wife. Everyone who follows Nole knows that she and his loser brother were the ones who almost destroyed his career and Vajda and Gritsch were the ones who saved him from exiting tennis with his tale between his legs, Djokovic family should erect monument to those two.
As for sports wearing sport shoes at the ceremony, it must be the rule since everyone on stage had them starting with MC and Monika Seles, at least Nole gave credit to the person who made him great champion, to late Jelena Gencic, she coached Monika Seles and made he great champion too, she coached Goran Ivanisevic, Iva Majoli and Mima Jausovec too (all GS winers).

Django Says:

Well, Jelena couldn’t divorce him, could she? She really needs him and his celebrity status. Glad she came to her senses.

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