Djokovic Claims Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award

Novak Djokovic has clinched his first major accolade of 2024 by earning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for an impressive fifth time, equalling a record.

Despite withdrawing from the Madrid Open tennis event this week to prioritize time away from the court, the world No. 1, accompanied by his wife, graced the Spanish capital to accept the esteemed award.

Presenting Djokovic with his fifth Laureus trophy was Tom Brady, seven-time NFL Super Bowl champion, in recognition of the Serb’s outstanding achievements throughout the year. Djokovic’s remarkable season included triumphs at the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open, in addition to clinching the ATP Finals in Turin. Furthermore, he maintained his position as the year-end world No. 1, despite facing stiff competition from the emerging talents in tennis.

Expressing his gratitude, Djokovic stated, “I am incredibly honored to have received my fifth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Reflecting on a year filled with excitement and success, I am immensely proud to be here, 12 years after my first win in 2012.”

Acknowledging the integral role played by his team and his formidable rivals, Djokovic emphasized the significance of the Laureus Awards, particularly due to the recognition received from esteemed athletes who comprise the Laureus World Sports Academy.

Adding to the event’s allure, Carlos Alcaraz, who secured a historic victory over Djokovic at Wimbledon, joined the ceremony to present an award. Expressing his delight, Alcaraz lauded soccer superstar Jude Bellingham for winning the Breakthrough of the Year award, commending his inspirational influence on aspiring athletes worldwide.

The Laureus Awards continue to be celebrated as one of the most prestigious honors in the sporting world, with this year’s star-studded ceremony reinforcing its status as a pinnacle achievement for athletes across the globe.

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