Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic on top of sporting world
Serena Williams is celebrating another highlight in her amazing career after winning a record-equalling fourth Laureus World Sports Award.
And on a great night for tennis, Novak Djokovic was honoured with the Laureus World Sportsman Award for the second straight year and for the third time in his career.
Serena, the world’s top women’s tennis player, was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year again, after a sparkling 2015 in which she won three Grand Slams.
Laureus Academy Member Boris Becker, Djokovic’s coach, said: “He had a great year again. He’s played 88 matches, has won 82, He won three out of the four Grand Slams, reached the final of the French Open, he’s won seven other tournaments. Very few players, if any, had a year like that.”
Becker, meanwhile, has criticised Andy Murray for airing his suspicions that some of his opponents may have used performance-enhancing drugs. Murray, ranked No.2 in the world behind Djokovic, has been outspoken on drug use in recent weeks and welcomed the ban imposed on Maria Sharapova following her failed test for meldonium at the Australian Open.
And Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, has accused Murray of being “out of order”.
“We have random drug testing and unless it’s proven, they are 100 per cent innocent,” said Becker. “So to assume something because somebody has won a Slam or is fitter is out of order.”
British No.1 Johanna Konta suffered first-round disappointment at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old was defeated in straight sets by Anna-Lena Friedsam in Stuttgart, 6-3 6-3.
British No.2 Aljaz Bedene was defeated 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2) by qualifier Karen Khachanov in the first round of the Barcelona Open.