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Award season never really seems to end does it? In this case, the awards are not the Oscars, Grammy’s or Academy Awards. Instead, the latest batch of awards come from GQ magazine. Every year, GQ picks a few people to name as Men of the Year. According to the GQ website, the award is “GQ’s annual celebration of the year’s cultural high points, packed with interviews, profiles and videos featuring the actors, musicians, politicians, designers and more whose work we can’t stop talking about.” In 2018, however, GQ once again included a woman on its list of men of the year.

Serena Williams took home the prize of Champion of the Year from GQ in 2018. GQ’s website described her as having “a remarkable year” and called Williams “the world’s most indomitable athlete.” The tennis player lost the U.S. Open to 20 year old Naomi Osaka, the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam. It was Williams, however, who made headlines across the nation at the U.S. Open and not for the best reasons.

Williams is one of only a handful of women to be named GQ’s Men of the Year. Last year, Gal Gadot of “Wonder Woman” fame was one of the four Men of the Year. This year, Williams shared the award with Henry Golding, Jonah Hill and Michael B. Jordan. All four were described by GQ as having done “amazing things in 2018,” and Williams’ cover was a surprise collaboration with Virgil Abloh, “the Off-White designer behind her coolest on-court looks in 2018” for which Williams gathered attention and unexpected controversy.

Controversy seemed to follow Williams this year, and she was certainly the subject of numerous conversations throughout the year, both good and bad. Regardless of what side of each disagreement people fell on, thought, there is no doubting that she remains “a tennis legend” who has more than earned her various accolades.

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