Federer, Clijsters named ITF world champions

Updated: December 19, 2005, 9:35 AM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- Switzerland's Roger Federer and Belgian Kim Clijsters were named 2005 world champions by the governing body of tennis (ITF) on Monday.

World No. 1 Federer is the sixth man to win the award for two consecutive years after Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt, the ITF said in a statement.

He won 11 titles including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2005.

Clijsters finished the season ranked second behind Lindsay Davenport after a superb comeback from a wrist injury.

She won the U.S. Open, her first grand slam title, after starting the year ranked outside the top 100.