Djokovic & Bonmati win Laureus Sports Awards

Tennis legend Novak Djokovic and Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmati are the winners of the 2024 Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.

Djokovic, who is winning for a 5th time, took another giant step towards becoming the most successful tennis player of all time after he beat Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final to claim a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, matching the all-time record held by Margaret court.

In an impressive year, the Serb also won the Australian Open and French Open titles to surpass Rafael Nadal’s men’s record of 22 titles, only missing out on a calendar year Grand Slam of four victories when he lost in the fifth set to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final.

Djokovic also finished the year strongly, winning his 40th masters event in Paris and beating Jannik Sinner in the ATP Finals for a record-breaking seventh title.

In winning the men’s award he finished ahead of Lionel Messi, Noah Lyles, Erling Haaland Mondo Duplantis and Max Verstappen.

Bonmati, meanwhile, was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the first time after an outstanding 2023 where she was awarded the Golden Ball as Player of the Tournament after her influential role in Spain’s first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup victory.

She also received the Ballon d’Or Feminin award in October and was a driving force behind Barcelona winning the Spanish and Champions League double.

The 26 year old was presented with the award by Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt – himself a four-time winner of the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award.

Runners up in that category include Shericka Jackson, Sha’carri Richardson, Faith Kipyegon, Iga Swiatek and Mikaela Shiffrin.

Other section winners include England and Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham (Breakthrough of the Year), American gymnast Simone Biles (Comeback of the Year and Spain’s World Cup winning national women’s football team which was named Laureus Team of the Year.


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