Novak Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year for record equalling fifth time

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 at 07:46
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Novak Djokovic has been recognised for his incredible 2023 season by receiving the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for a record equalling fifth time on Monday evening.
Djokovic who also won the award in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019 had an incredible year scooping up most tournaments he played and was a Wimbledon away from the illustrious Calendar Grand Slam. He also became the oldest World No. 1 recently showing his longevity in the sport and at the age of 36, he still remarkably leads the sport. He’s not playing in Madrid in the coming weeks but was there to accept the award.
"I am incredibly honoured to have won my fifth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, said Djokovic. “I think back to [season] 2012, when I won it for the first time as a 24-year-old. I am very proud to be here 12 years later, reflecting on a year that brought me and my fans a lot of excitement and success."
"It was thrilling to return to Australia last January and win my 10th title. It is a tournament that is so dear to my heart and set me up for an incredible 12 months. I could not have achieved so much success without an incredible team behind me, and inspirational rivals who have always pushed me to be the best version of myself.
"The Laureus Awards are so special because they represent recognition from the 69 world-class athletes who make up the Laureus World Sports Academy. To earn the votes of my sporting heroes is what makes these awards so coveted in all of sport."

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