MONTE CARLO Ė Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and US gymnast Simone Biles received the top honors on Monday at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards Gala in Monte Carlo.
The 31-year-old Serb took the Sportsman of the Year prize after triumphs at both Wimbledon and the US Open. Biles, 21, won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the 2018 World Championships to pick up her second Sportswoman of the Year award.
Tiger Woods was recognized with the World Comeback of the Year award, 19 year after he was named Sportsman of the Year in 2000.
But it was ultimately Djokovicís night. The world No. 1 collected his fourth Laureus and is now just one shy of Swiss tennis great Roger Federerís total of five.
The trophy has gone to a tennis player 10 times in the 20-year history of the awards.
Djokovic, who emphasized the relevance that tennis has for the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, prevailed in the voting over Real Madridís Luka Modric, French footballer Kylian Mbappe, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge and NBA star LeBron James.
Biles made history last year by becoming the first woman to win four World Team Championships.
The French national soccer team, winners of the 2018 World Cup, was named Team of the Year, beating out Real Madrid Ė who have zero wins from six nominations Ė as well as the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team and the NBA Golden State Warriors.
Tennis was also present in the category of Breakthrough of the Year.
Japanís Naomi Osaka, No. 1 in the Womenís Tennis Association rankings, took the award home and left Spanish Ana Carrasco, the first woman to win a world title in motorcycling, behind.
The 21-year-old Osaka, who won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open last year by defeating Serena Williams, is the first Japanese woman to win a Laureus.
A 10-time nominee for Sportsman of the Year, Woods was saluted as comeback athlete of the year.
The long career of US skier Lindsey Vonn earned her recognition from the academy in the form of the Spirit in Sport.
Soccer coach Arsene Wenger received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the hands of Spainís Cesc Fabregas, among the many stars who played for the Frenchman during his 22 years at Arsenal.