Novak Djokovic

Djokovic and Nadal, winners at the Laureus Sports Awards

The Serbian won the award for the first time in 2013

April 22, 2024

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By Staff

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday night in Madrid.

Djokovic won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for a record fifth time, adding to the awards he won in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019. The Rafael Nadal Foundation received the Laureus Sport for Good award during the glittering ceremony.

The 36-year-old Serbian was recognized for his extraordinary 2023 season, in which he came within one set of completing a Grand Slam in a calendar year. Djokovic won the Grand Slams at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open, and only lost at Wimbledon, where he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set final. He finished the year by winning his seventh title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals and claiming No. 1 of the year presented by PIF for the eighth time.

Novak Djokovic with wife Jelena.
Novak Djokovic with his wife Jelena in Madrid. Credit: Getty Images

“I feel incredibly honored to have won my fifth Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award,” said Djokovic, who recently became the oldest world No. 1 in the history of the PIF ATP Rankings. “I think of [la temporada] 2012, when I won it for the first time when I was 24 years old. “I’m very proud to be here 12 years later, reflecting on a year that brought me and my fans so much excitement and success.”

“It was exciting to return to Australia last January and win my 10th title. It is a tournament very dear to me and set me up for an incredible 12 months. I couldn’t have achieved so much success without an incredible team behind me, and inspiring opponents who always They have pushed me to be the best version of myself.”

“The Laureus Awards are so special because they represent the recognition of the 69 world-class athletes who make up the Laureus World Sports Academy. Earning the votes of my sporting heroes is what makes these awards so coveted across sport.”

Rafael Nadal with wife María Francisca Perelló.
Rafael Nadal with his wife María Francisca Perelló at the Laureus World Sports Awards. Credit: Getty Images

The Rafael Nadal Foundation was recognized for helping more than 1,000 vulnerable young people in Spain and India, empowering them to develop their potential and believing in the transformative power of sport.


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