Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep named ITF world champions for 2018
Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have been honoured by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the achievements in 2018.
The world No 1s have been named ITF world champions with Djokovic walking away with the award for a sixth time during his illustrious career while Halep scooped the prize for the first time.
Djokovic’s brilliant season included winning Wimbledon and the US Open while he also finished as the year-end No 1 on the ATP Tour.
“I am very honoured to be named ITF world champion again,” the Serb said.
“I am particularly proud of this achievement after all that I’ve been through physically this year, but part of me always believed I could make it back to the top. It is very satisfying to join Pete Sampras by winning my sixth award.”
Halep won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros this year while she also finished runner-up at the Australian Open.
“It’s a great honour to be named as ITF world champion for the first time,” the Romanian said.
“I had an incredible year, winning my first Grand Slam at Roland Garros and finishing the year as 2orld No 1. To be recognised in this way is really special and provides extra motivation to keep working for next season.”
American duo Mike Bryan and Jack Sock won the men’s doubles award while Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova received the women’s doubles gong.
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