Serbian Novak Djokovic and Romania Simona Halep named 2018 ITF World champions

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) have named stars, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep as 2018 ITF World champions on Thursday, with the men's world number one Djokovic receiving the accolade for the sixth time in his career.

"I am very honoured to be named ITF world champion again," said Serbia's Djokovic, who stormed back to the top of the rankings after injury, winning Wimbledon and the US Open.

"I am particularly proud of this achievement after all that I've been through physically this year, but part of me always believed I could make it back to the top. It is very satisfying to join Pete Sampras by winning my sixth award."

This is the first for Romania's top-ranked Halep, who claimed her maiden major title at Roland Garros and reached the final at the Australian Open.

"It's a great honour to be named as ITF world champion for the first time," she said. "I had an incredible year, winning my first Grand Slam at Roland Garros and finishing the year as world number one."

ITF president David Haggerty, praised the 2018 champions saying, "congratulations to our 2018 ITF world champions who have demonstrated immense skill, talent and dedication on their way to achieving great success on the court."

"They are a credit to our sport and have all contributed to another memorable year for tennis."

US pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock won the men's doubles award while the women's doubles world champions are Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

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