Great Britain's Andy Murray and Germany's Angelique Kerber were named International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Champions on Tuesday (13 December) capping what has been stellar years for the duo who are currently on top of the men's and women's rankings.
It was a double celebration for the Murray family as his brother Jamie was named doubles world champion along with Brazil's Bruno Soares. It has been a brilliant year for the 29-year-old who has been the recipient of several awards recently, winning Sunday Mail's Scottish personality of the year for a fifth time while also being voted as the United Kingdom's greatest-ever sportsperson in a poll conducted by the Telegraph.
Murray created history when he became the first person from Great Britain to become world number one since computerised rankings were introduced in 1973. He also became the second oldest person to reach the top spot since John Newcombe did it in 1974.
"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 number one ranking in the last match of the season", said Murray as quoted by Newstalk.
"It is particularly special with my brother Jamie also becoming world champion."
Kerber has had an equally impressive year winning the Australian and US Open titles as well as securing the silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 28-year-old becomes the first person from Germany to win the award since the legendary Steffi Graf who won the last of her seven in 1996.
"I'm truly honoured to be named ITF World Champion and to line up with all these past champions. This year was by far the best of my career with so many unforgettable experiences and emotions. I am grateful for the recognition and I'm looking forward to the upcoming challenges", the German said on winning the award.