ITF names Murray, Kerber players of the year

British Andy Murray and Germany’s Angelique Kerber were named ITF World Champions on Tuesday, capping stellar years for the men’s and women’s world number ones.

Murray, whose brother Jamie was named doubles’ World Champion along with Brazil’s Bruno Soares, won Wimbledon in July.

He went on to become the first player to win two Olympic singles gold medals when he retained his crown in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Murray won nine titles in a milestone year which ended with him beating rival Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Tour Finals and seal the year-end rankings top spot.

“It means a lot to me to be named ITF World Champion. I have had such a memorable year,” he said in a statement.

Kerber enjoyed an equally impressive season, winning the Australian and U.S. Open titles as well as an Olympic silver medal in Rio.

She becomes the first German to win the award since Steffi Graf claimed the last of her seven in 1996.

 

Aisha JM