Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams win Laureus awards
By Andy Swales
Last Updated: 19/04/16 8:29am
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were the big winners in Berlin where the tennis duo collected the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.
At a glitzy ceremony in the German capital, hosted by American actor Bill Murray, Djokovic and Williams were named the world's top athletes for a third time.
Serbian Djokovic was also victorious in 2012 and last year, while Williams won in 2003 and six years ago.
Both players won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles during 2015, with Djokovic getting the nod ahead of Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and sprinter Usain Bolt.
In the women's category, Williams fought off competition from footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Golfer Jordan Spieth, winner of the Masters and US Open at the age of 21, won the Breakthrough of the Year award, while New Zealand's All Blacks was named Team of the Year following their success in the rugby union World Cup last autumn.
Dutchman Johan Cruyff, who died of cancer in March, was posthumously awarded the Spirit of Sport award, which was collected by his son Jordi.
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Laureus World Team of the Year: All Blacks
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Jordan Spieth
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Dan Carter
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jan Frodeno
Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Niki Lauda
Laureus Spirit of Sport Award: Johan Cruyff
Laureus Sport for Good Award: Moving the Goalposts (Kenya)