Tennis: Djokovic and Williams in Laureus double for tennis

Tennis players Novak Djokovic (left) and Serena Williams won the Laureus World Sports Awards.
Tennis players Novak Djokovic (left) and Serena Williams won the Laureus World Sports Awards. PHOTOS: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams won the Laureus World Sports Awards at a gala in Berlin on Monday.

The 28-year-old Serb Djokovic won sportsman of the year for the second successive year coming ahead of football's Lionel Messi and the sprinter Usain Bolt after winning three Grand Slams in 2015 at Australia, Wimbledon and the US Open and also picking up six Masters titles.

Williams won her third Laureus award for a similar feat having won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon before falling short in the semi-finals at the US Open.

The American came out ahead of Ethiopian title-holder, the middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba and skier Anna Fenninger of Austria.

There was also joy for New Zealand's Rugby Union World Cup winning side the All Blacks, who beat Australia 34-17 in the Twickenham final.