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Murray delighted after being crowned World Champion

Andy Murray hailed his "memorable year" after being named ITF World Champion yesterday, capping a stellar 12 months for the world number one.

Germany's Angelique Kerber was named women's world champion.

Murray - whose brother Jamie was named doubles World Champion along with his partner, Brazil's Bruno Soares - won Wimbledon in July before becoming the first player to win two Olympic singles gold medals when he retained his crown in Rio de Janeiro in August.

He won nine titles in a milestone year that ended with him beating fierce rival Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Tour Finals in London and seal the year-end rankings top spot.

"It means a lot to me to be named ITF World Champion. I have had such a memorable year," Murray said.

Kerber enjoyed an equally impressive season, winning the Australian and US Open titles as well as an Olympic silver medal in Rio.

She becomes the first German to win the award since Steffi Graf claimed the last of her seven in 1996.

Meanwhile, controversial Nick Kyrgios says he has no desire to challenge for the top ranking.

"Becoming No. 1 doesn't really excite me at all," said Kyrgios.

"It's not something I wish that I was," he added.

"It's just tennis. It's so small in the scheme of things."

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