Murray brothers named ITF World Champions for 2016

| Updated: Dec 14, 2016 16:33 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Dec.14 (ANI): World number one Andy Murray capped off his stellar season by being named ITF World Champion for 2016, with brother Jamie winning the doubles award along with partner Bruno Soares. It was for the first time that the two brothers have picked men's singles and doubles World Champions award in the same year. Asserting that it means a lot to be named ITF World Champion, Murray said that it is particularly special this time around as he is being named along with his brother Jamie. "It means a lot to me to be named ITF World Champion. I have had such a memorable year, winning again at Wimbledon, retaining my Olympic title, and clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking in the last match of the season," Sport24 quoted Murray as saying. Last month, Murray dethroned Serbia's Novak Djokovic to earn his first title at the ATP World Tour finals and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season. By ending Djokovic's 122-week reign, Murray also became the second-oldest player since John Newcombe in 1974 to debut at World No. 1. The 29-year-old Briton notched up a total of nine titles this year, including a second Wimbledon title and a second Olympic singles gold in Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber bagged the women's award, thus becoming Germany's first World Champion since Steffi Graf in 1996. Top-ranked Kerber captured the Australian Open before winning the US Open and a silver at the Rio Olympics to replace long-standing incumbent American Serena Williams at the top spot. As far as women's doubles award is concerned, French pair of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic have been named for the same. The winners will receive their prizes at the ITF 2017 World Champions dinner on June 6, 2017 in Paris during the Roland Garros. (ANI)