Lindsey and Djokovic among winners at Laureus World Sports Awards
Lindsey Vonn and Novak Djokovic among winners at Laureus World Sports Awards as Arsene Wenger given Lifetime Achievement honour during star-studded bash in Monaco
- Arsene Wenger and Novak Djokovic were among the stars in attendance for Laureus World Sports Awards
- The dinner aims to celebrate the past year in sports with numerous awards handed out in Monaco
- There are numerous award categories plus the Sporting Moment of the Year voted for by the public
- Novak Djokovic named Sportsman of Year, while Lindsey Vonn was given Spirit of Sport Award
Tennis star Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn were among the athletes honoured at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, while Novak Djokovic claimed the prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while current tennis World No 1 Novak Djokovic also attended the star-studded bash at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex.
Djokovic, a nominee for the Sportsman of the Year trophy, was all smiles alongside his former coach Boris Becker at the event.
Recently retired American skier Lindsey Vonn and US Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin stunned on the red carpet
Morld No 1 Djokovic earned the Sportsman of the Year after a stunning return to the top of the tennis world in 2018
The ceremony aims to celebrate the outstanding sporting achievements of the past year, with categories including Sportsman, Sportswoman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback, Action and Sporting Moment.
There are six superstars nominated for the Sportsman category, including World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, Ballon’Dor winner Luka Modric and Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as Djokovic.
Completing the list are London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge and NBA superstar LeBron James.
Gymnast Simone Biles, tennis stars Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, skiiers Esther Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin and Ironman triathlete Daniela Ryf are up for the Sportswoman trophy.
The Team award was contested between NBA team Golden State Warriors, the Eruopean Ryder Cup team, the World Cup-winning France side, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, Norway Winter Olympic team and Real Madrid, who lifted a third consecutive Champions League title in May.
The France team, coached by Didier Deschamps, won the category.
Vonn, who recently retired from her sport, was handed the Spirit of Sport Award in the early stages of the night
Former Springbok wing Bryan Habana, accompanied by wife Janine Vijoen, remains his country’s all-time top try scorer
Laureus ambassador Luis Figo and wife Helen Svedin looked sharp as they walked the red carpet in Monaco
Spaniard Cesc Fabregas, with wife Daniella Semaan, now plays for Monaco in Ligue 1 after leaving Chelsea in January
SPORTSMAN: Novak Djokovic
SPORTSWOMAN: Simone Biles
BREAKTHROUGH: Naomi Osaka
ACHIEVEMENT: Eliud Kipchoge
SPIRIT OF SPORT: Lindsey Vonn
ACTION: Chloe Kim
DISABILITY: Henrieta Farkasova
SPORTING MOMENT: Xia Boyu
COMEBACK: Tiger Woods
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Arsene Wenger
GOOD FOR SPORT: Yuwa Football Girls
Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award, ahead of Ana Carrasco, Sofia, Goggia, Jakob Ingebritsen, Geraint Thomas and Bianca Williams.
This was handed to an athlete whose performances have hinted at a bright future in their sport.
Lindsey Vonn was given the Spirit of Sport having recently announced her retirement from skiing.
Tiger Woods was the winner in the Comeback category, in which Winter Olympians Yuzuru Hanyu, Mark McMorris, Bibioan Mentel-Spee, Vonn and Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat were also nominated
Henrieta Farkasova triumphed ahead of Diede De Groot, Brian McKeever, Oksana Masters, Grigorios Polychronidis and Markus Rehm for the Disability award, presented to the athlete who shows excellent achievement in their Paralympic sport.
In the Action category, surfers Maya Gabeira, Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore went up against snowboarders Shaun White, Anna Gasser and Chloe Kim for the award that recognises an athlete who has pushed the limit of their discipline. Youngster Kim went home with the trophy.
Alongside sporting stars, there was also royalty present at the awards night in the shape of Prince Albert II of Monaco