London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the ITF World Champions for 2013.
Djokovic, who recently named Boris Becker as his head coach, won the award for the third straight year while Williams was honored for the fourth time.
Djokovic edged world No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the honor after the latter missed significant time due to a knee injury.
Despite his long absence, Nadal won 10 titles this year, including the French and US Opens, after returning in February.
” Nadal made a remarkable comeback from injury with two Grand Slam wins, but it is Djokovic’s consistent results across all four Slams, Davis Cup and the ATP World Tour Finals that see him named World Champion,” ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said
Djokovic won the Australian Open for the third straight year and reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals and the semifinal at Roland Garros.
He also retained his ATP World Tour Finals crown last month, reached the Davis Cup final, and won seven titles during the year.
“It is an honor to be named ITF World Champion for the third year running. I’ve had a great 2013 season, and managed to end the year on a high. This will definitely serve as a good platform for 2014,” Djokovic said.
Williams won two grand slams, finished the year as the world No. 1, and lifted a career-best 11 trophies, and won the season-ending WTA Championships.
“Serena Williams demonstrated once again why she is one of the greatest athletes of all time, and is a worthy winner of the women’s award,” Bitti said.