Novak Djokovic and Yani Tseng Voted Athletes of the Year

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during the men's singles match against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 25, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The United States Sports Academy named the 2011 Athletes of the Year: Rolex Ranking No.1 Yani Tseng and ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Fans decided that Nole deserved the honor above of David Beckham, Patrick Chan, Kirani James,Ryan Lochte, Rory McIlroy, Geoffrey Mutai, Dirk Nowitzki, Manny Pacquiao, Aaron Rodgers, Kohei Uchimura, gymnastics and Justin Verlander.

Djokovic's season was impressive, having won three Grand Slam tournaments as well as five ATP World Tour Masters 1000, becoming the first one to accomplish the feat; he also grabbed a Masters 500 and a Masters 250. Furthermore, he defeated Nadal in all the finals they faced off (6-0).

Meanwhile, Tseng defeated Miki Ando, Seimone Augustus, Tatyana Chernova, Kim Clijsters, English Gardner, Carmelita Jeter, Li Na, Federica Pellegrini, Lindsey Vonn, Jordyn Wieber and Chrissie Wellington.

Yani won more tournaments than any other golfer, male or female, with 12 titles, including two major championships. She also became the youngest to win five Grand Slam titles in history. Tseng is the only Taiwanese golfer who has been named Player of the Year (2010-11) and Rookie of the Year (2008).

The two more dominant players of their sport were voted September Athletes of the Month.