While Roger Federer and Serena Williams were busy dominating the competition in London, they were breaking some records of their own at the 27th ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
Roger Federer was awarded Best Male Tennis Player for a record 9th time, while Serena Williams won Best Female Tennis Player for the 10th time in her storied career.
Somewhere Novak Djokovic is shaking his head. Federer has won the award three years running, while Djokovic has sat atop the ATP rankings for the majority of that time. It never hurts to be popular.
Serena’s ESPY victory stirred up some controversy on social media, as the 23-time Grand Slam champion has only finished two tournaments in 2019. Serena completed the Australian Open and French Open, but withdrew due to injury from Indian Wells, Miami and Rome.
Naomi Osaka nearly snagged the ESPY for best breakthrough performance, but lost to the gigantic quadriceps of New York Giant’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, Saquon Barkely.
Stefanos Tsitsipas snuck in the voting for Best Male Tennis Player. The Greek leads the ATP with 34 wins so far in 2019.