Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated 2015 Sports Person of the Year
After a great season, Now Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated 2015 Sports person of the year. Williams becomes the first tennis player to win SI’s Sportsperson award since Chris Evert in 1976 during plying career.
Williams won three Grand slams in one calendar year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988, Williams won Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon Open before falling in the semi finals of U. S. Open. Winning three grand slams of the four brought Serena Williams to 21 career Grand Slams, Just one short of Steffi’s 22.William was No.1 in the WTA ranks all season. 34 years old William won 53 out 56 matches in this year.
Sports Illustrated awarded Serena Williams as the Sportsperson of the Year
The cover photo of Sports Illustrated Magazines is featuring Serena Williams with high heels, sitting on a throne.
Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group said, “She was the most deserving person for this award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she’s done this for many years at such a high level, She was a terrific player in a year of terrific players.”
In Monday statement marks a formal name of the SI award changed as Sportsperson of the year from Sportswomen or Sportsmen of the year.
SI officials said that we felt like this is the natural evolution… We are not making a big deal of it. It feels like the right time to make the change.
Other tennis players honored by Sports Illustrated award were Billie Jean King in 1972, Chris Evert in 1976 and Arthur Ashe in 1992 and now Serene Williams 2015. Mary Decker was the last female athlete to honor the SI’s award in 1983.