The International Tennis Federation (ITF) named Roger Federer and Serena Williams as the 2009 ITF World Champions. The award is based on performances at grand slams, tour events and Davis and Fed Cups. Serena and sister Venus were named the women’s doubles world champions while American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan took the men’s doubles world champions title.
Roger Federer ended the year ranked #1 in six of the past seven years. He reached all Grand Slam finals this season, and won the French Open and Wimbledon. By winning his first French Open title, he has won a career grand slam. In winning Wimbledon, Federer broke the record number of grand slams won (15) he previously shared with Pete Sampras. It is the fifth time that Federer got the ITF nod.
Serena won 2 grand slam titles – the Australian Open and Wimbledon for her 10th and 11th grand slam championships this year. She also ended the year ranked #1 for the second time in her career. She partnered with sister Venus to win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles. Serena joins Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis as the only other players to attain singles and doubles world championships in the same year.
The Bryan brothers got the men’s doubles award for a record sixth time. They did this in the past seven years.
The singles and doubles champions will receive their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on June 1 in Paris, during the French Open.