Tennis - Serena Williams has won yet another Athlete of the Decade award - this time in a poll by British broadcaster Sky Sports. The 23-time grand Slam champion finished ahead of F1 racer Lewis Hamilton and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in the poll.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic finished sixth in the poll. Below is the list - including the citation for Serena and Novak. 1. Serena Williams (Tennis) Tennis Queen Serena Williams not only dominated the women's game in the 2000s but she has continued to lead the way on the international sporting landscape as a mother, icon, and leader.
She has collected 12 of her 23 Grand Slam titles after 2010, last winning a major title at the Australian Open in 2017, while being eight-weeks pregnant. Williams has also been runner-up in seven major finals and despite being stuck on 23 Grand Slams, the 38-year-old is proof age is just a number as she continues to try and equal Margaret Court's all-time record.
She has finished as world No 1 in six out of the last 10 years, dropping outside of the top 10 just once during that time. Williams, who has been coached by Patrick Mouratoglou for the past seven years, has also completed the career 'Golden Slam' by holding all four majors as well as Olympics singles gold. Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Rafael Nadal are the only other players to have done it.
The irresistible Williams also completed her second 'Serena Slam' (winning all four Grand Slams in a row) by winning the 2015 Wimbledon title against Garbine Muguruza. Serena continues to prove her stunning resilience, fighting spirit, and winning mentality at the highest level.
One thing is for sure, we are privileged to have watched Williams dominate the women's landscape in a golden era of tennis. 2. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Footbalr)
4. Leo Messi (Football)
5. Floyd Mayweather (Boxing)
Novak Djokovic (Tennis) Since 2010, Novak Djokovic has been the dominant force in men's tennis, winning a remarkable 62 ATP tournaments. He is relentless in his pursuit of greatness. His extreme elasticity, combined with his steely determination to win at all costs makes him the ultimate competitor.
In the past 10 years Djokovic has won six Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon crowns, three US Open titles and one French Open in 2016. He holds 16 Grand Slam titles in total and at 32 he could conceivably overtake both Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20) by the time he calls time on his career.
He became world No 1 for the first time in July 2011 and held that position in a long stretch from July 2014 until October 2016. Djokovic held top spot as recently as October 2019 and he has Pete Sampras (286 weeks) and all-time record-holder Roger Federer (310 weeks) firmly in his sights.
He went 80-38 against top-five players during this decade and 10-5 against No 1-ranked players. Djokovic, who has spoken of his desire to end his career as the statistically most successful player in history, has also won 29 Masters 1000 titles as well as four end-of-season ATP Finals crowns in London.
He's arguably the greatest hard-court player of all time, and the last 10 years has shown us exactly why, winning 45 out of those 62 titles on his favourite surface. 7. Usain Bolt (Athletics)
8. Tom Brady (NFL)
9. Lebron James (NBA)
Simone Biles (Gymnastics)
11. Michael Phelps (Swimming)
12. Katie Taylor (Boxing)
13. Richie McCaw (Rugby)
14. Chris Froome (Cycling)
15. Michael van Gerwen (Darts)
16. Marta (Football)
17. Ronda Rousey (UFC)
18. Virat Kohli (Cricket)
19. Allyson Felix (Athletics)
20. Rory Mcllroy (Golf)