PARIS, France - World No.1 Angelique Kerber was honored this week as the ITF World Champion 2016 at the annual dinner hosted by the International Tennis Federation.
Responding to the award, Kerber said: "I'm grateful for the recognition by the ITF and I'm truly honored to be named the ITF World Champion 2016. After all the work that I've put in over the years, it's a special moment for me to line up with these amazing past champions of our sport."
Last year, Kerber won two Grand Slam titles: the Australian Open and US Open, and was also the Wimbledon finalist and Olympic silver medallist, making her the undisputed year-end World No.1.
Looking back on her year, the 29-year-old said: "Last year was by far the best of my career, with so many unforgettable experiences that remind me of what's possible if you believe in yourself and don't stop chasing your dreams. I'm proud of my achievements and thankful for having a team around me that support me at all these moments."
Also honored were Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, ITF World Doubles Champions 2016 (and two of this year's Roland Garros quarterfinalists), and Anastasia Potapova, the ITF Girls' Champion 2016.