The organization announced, on Thursday, that Novak Djokovic, the number one in the men’s tennis world, won the world champion in 2021 for the seventh time, while Ash Barty, the first ranked women’s, won her second title.
Djokovic, who finished the year in first place for a record seventh time, won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, though he failed to be a champion at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open in his pursuit of a title. Rare “Golden Grand Slam”.
The Serbian tied with American Pete Sampras for six first-time title wins in 1978, and the award was won by Barty, who won his first Wimbledon title this year and a bronze medal in the Olympics in mixed doubles, in 2019.
“After such a rewarding year for me, my team, my family and the fans, it is a huge honor to be named ITF World Champion for the seventh time,” said Djokovic. “I am very grateful and proud of the results I achieved, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to also compete with the Serbian national team.”
Djokovic is linked with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 major slams and could make the record his own if he wins the Australian Open next month, a tournament he has won more than anyone else – nine times.
Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic claimed the ITF men’s doubles world title after winning nine titles this season, while Barbora Krejicova and Katerina Siniakova won the women’s doubles title for the second time.