Serbia's Novak Djokovic named European Sportsman of the Year

Serbia's Novak Djokovic named European Sportsman of the Year
Credit: Belga

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one ranked player by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), has been voted European sportsman of the year 2021 by European press agencies.

The Polish news agency PPA organised its 64th European Sportsman of the Year award, letting the leading 26 European news agencies be the jury.

Novak Djokovic, 34, scored 172 points, 39 points ahead of last year’s winner Robert Lewandowski. Dutch Formula One world champion, Max Verstappen, came on third place.

Winner of five tournaments this year, this becomes the 4th time the Serbian tennis star is honoured with the award, previously winning it in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

Djokovic just narrowly missed out on the Grand Slam in 2021, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and advanced all the way to the final at the US Open but lost to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

The wins saw him become only the second person in tennis history to achieve the so called Surface Slam - winning majors on the three different surfaces of clay, grass and hard court in the same calendar year.

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