The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has honored Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka as the 2023 world champions in tennis, recognizing their outstanding performances in the Grand Slam events. Djokovic secured the men's singles award for an unprecedented eighth time, achieving this feat by triumphing in three out of the four major tournaments. The 36-year-old Serbian star, who finished the year as the No. 1 player, equaled Margaret Court's record with a total of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and clinched the ATP Finals title for a record seventh time.
Aryna Sabalenka, the Belarusian sensation, was named the women's world champion after an impressive year. She claimed her maiden major victory at the Australian Open, reached the final at the US Open, and made it to the semifinals in both the French Open and Wimbledon. Although she narrowly missed securing the yearend top spot at the WTA Finals, Sabalenka expressed her joy at being recognized as the ITF world champion and described 2023 as an "incredible" year. She eagerly anticipates returning to the court for the upcoming season in January.
In the doubles category, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury were awarded the men's doubles title, having secured their third consecutive US Open title. On the women's side, Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens, Wimbledon runners-up, claimed the women's doubles title, rounding out the achievements celebrated by the ITF for the 2023 season.