Chris Evert was the first ever women's ITF World Champion in 1978 and went on to be honoured three times in total. Steffi Graf (seven awards) Martina Navratilova (six) and Serena Williams (six) have been the most prolific recipients.

Women's singles

Serena Williams came within two matches of achieving the Grand Slam in 2015, winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and holding all four Slams at the same time for the second time in her career.

She won five titles overall, and finished No. 1 in the year-end rankings for the fifth time on the back of a 53-3 win-loss record.

Williams said: “It means a lot to me to be named the ITF World Champion for the sixth time. I am proud to have achieved my second Serena Slam, in what has been an amazing year for me. Thank you for this recognition and for the undying support of the tennis community.”

Williams will receive her 2015 award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 31 May 2016.

Honour roll

- 2015: Serena Williams (USA)
- 2014: Serena Williams (USA)
- 2013: Serena Williams (USA)
- 2012: Serena Williams (USA)
- 2011: Petra Kvitova (CZE)
- 2010: Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
- 2009: Serena Williams (USA)
- 2008: Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
- 2007: Justine Henin (BEL)
- 2006: Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
- 2005: Kim Clijsters (BEL)
- 2004: Anastasia Myskina (RUS)
- 2003: Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
- 2002: Serena Williams (USA)
- 2001: Jennifer Capriarti (USA)
- 2000: Martina Hingis (SUI)
- 1999: Martina Hingis (SUI)
- 1998: Lindsay Davenport (USA)
- 1997: Martina Hingis (SUI)
- 1996: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1995: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1994: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP)
- 1993: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1992: Monica Seles (YUG)
- 1991: Monica Seles (YUG)
- 1990: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1989: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1988: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1987: Steffi Graf (GER)
- 1986: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 1985: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 1984: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 1983: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 1982: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 1981: Chris Evert Lloyd (USA)
- 1980: Chris Evert (USA)
- 1979: Martina Navratilova (USA)
- 1978: Chris Evert (USA)

Women's doubles

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza only joined forces in March but proved a force to be reckoned with in 2015, winning two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and seven further tournaments.

They won their last 22 matches from the start of the US Open through wins in Asia at Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and the WTA Finals, ending the year with a 55-7 record.

Hingis said: “It is a great honour to be named ITF Women’s Doubles World Champions. Sania and I have enjoyed every minute of the season and we hope to continue in 2016 in the same fashion. We are set to join a long list of champions and it is a privilege to be recognised alongside them.”

Mirza said: “I am very honoured to receive this award from the ITF after what has been a great year for me and Martina. It is incredible that we have achieved so much in such a short time playing together. I am grateful to everyone that has helped me throughout my career and I hope that my success can inspire other girls in India.”

Hingis and Mirza will receive their 2015 award at the ITF World Champions Dinner in Paris on 31 May 2016.

Honour roll

- 2015: Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND)
- 2014: Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA)
- 2013: Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA)
- 2012: Sara Errani (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA)
- 2011: Kveta Peschke (CZE) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)
- 2010: Gisela Dulko (ARG) / Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
- 2009: Serena Williams (USA) / Venus Williams (USA)
- 2008: Cara Black (ZIM) / Liezel Huber (USA)
- 2007: Cara Black (ZIM) / Liezel Huber (USA)
- 2006: Lisa Raymond (USA) / Samantha Stosur (AUS)
- 2005: Lisa Raymond (USA) / Samantha Stosur (AUS)
- 2004: Virginia Ruano-Pascual (ESP) / Paola Suarez (ARG)
- 2003: Virginia Ruano-Pascual (ESP) / Paola Suarez (ARG)
- 2002: Virginia Ruano-Pascual (ESP) / Paola Suarez (ARG)
- 2001: Lisa Raymond (USA) / Rennae Stubbs (AUS)
- 2000: Julie Halard-Decugis (FRA) / Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
- 1999: Martina Hingis (SUI) / Anna Kournikova (RUS)
- 1998: Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Natalia Zvereva (BLR)
- 1997: Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Jana Novotna (CZE)
- 1996: Lindsay Davenport (USA) / Mary Joe Fernandez (USA)