Paris, Dec 19 (IANS)
Leading players Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been titled the men's and women's World Champions for 2014 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The 27-year-old Djokovic won Wimbledon, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour finals and finished the year ranked No.1 in the world. His other titles this year include Indian Wells, Miami Masters, Rome Masters, China Open and the Paris Masters.The Serb is finished the year end No.1 for the third time in the last four years.
The 33-year-old Williams, the oldest player ever to be named an ITF singles World Champion, won the US Open, the 18th Grand Slam title of her career, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) finals and was also ranked No.1 by the WTA.
I'm so honored to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. This was a year of challenges and triumphs, so to win another Grand Slam and retain my year-end No. 1 ranking is an accomplishment I'm very proud of,' she said.
'I'm grateful to have the support of the tennis community in every way possible. I can't wait for 2015.'
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan were named men's doubles world champions for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy became women's doubles world champions for the third successive year.