Djokovic and Williams Slam the door shut on rivals
WORLD No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.
In a glitzy ceremony in the German capital, hosted by American actor Bill Murray, Serbia's Djokovic beat Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton among others for the top men's award at the annual ceremony.
Djokovic and American Williams, who fought off competition from footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among others, were rewarded for dominating their sport last year, with each winning three of the four grand slams.
Both picked up the top prize for the third time, with Williams having previously won in 2003 and 2010.
Djokovic was also victorious in 2012 and 2015.
Golfer Jordan Spieth won the Breakthrough of the Year award after capturing his first two Majors at the 2015 US Masters and US Open.
New Zealand's All Blacks won Team of the Year award after their World Cup triumph.
There was some joy for the host nation as well with triathlete Jan Frodeno grabbing the Action Sportsperson of the Year prize.
Dutch footballer and coach Johan Cruyff, who died of cancer last month, was posthumously awarded the Spirit of Sport award. His son Jordi received the prize.