Roger Federer Wins Two Laureus Awards; Serena Named Sportswoman Of The Year
by Tom Gainey | February 28th, 2018, 12:10 pm
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Roger Federer once again walked away a winner last night at the Laureus Awards show in Monaco.

The 36-year-old took home the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year honors, giving him a total of six Laureus awards during his career.

“This is a very special moment for me,” Federer said. “Everyone knows how highly I value my Laureus Awards, so to win another would have been wonderful, but to win two is a truly unique honor. And so unexpected. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for all their support.

“It was an unforgettable year for me, to come back after a very difficult 2016, and these Awards just make it even more memorable. When I won my first Laureus Award back in 2005, if you had said I would have ended up winning six I would not have believed you. It’s been an amazing ride.”

Federer gave a shout out to rival Rafael Nadal who he beat for the Sportsman award. “To my rival Rafa, I wanted to just give a shoutout to him.

“He had an unbelievable year himself. We had a great battle and it’s because of a guy like him, I feel like I’ve become a better player as well.

“He could very well be here as well and standing here with this award. He’s an incredible player, incredible friend, an incredible athlete.”

Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her Australian Open success, her 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena, who also gave birth to her first child in 2017, is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.


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41 Comments for Roger Federer Wins Two Laureus Awards; Serena Named Sportswoman Of The Year

Roger is CLASS Says:

Roger Federer has won the 2017 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year awards.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/43218692

congrats Roger :)


Humble Rafa Says:

So much winning is not good for your health, according to experts.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Mr. Federer.
Class tennis player, Class gentlemen and sportsmen.


Humble Rafa Says:

Congrats Mr. Federer.
Class tennis player, Class gentlemen and sportsmen.

Unlike you, your Lord praised me. He said I deserved the awards just as him, etc. Take note of that, then take care of your cats.


Bob Says:

How could Serena won that award ? It’s insulting for the other top WTA players who played a full season.


Humble Rafa Says:

I also played a full season where as some players I will not name, skipped so many tournaments, yet they win these awards. I have accepted that these awards are given to certain people, which then brings prestige to the awards themselves. It’s a feedback loop kind of thing.

These days, I just go out and win everything I can and not worry about these silly awards.


skeezer Says:

“To my rival Rafa, I wanted to just give a shoutout to him.”
There ya go HR, another fan for you. With all this time you have you’ll be using your down time for more important things and stay away from tennis, and this blog, no? Enjoy your fishing, and your cats.


skeezer Says:

“Congrats Mr. Federer.
Class tennis player, Class gentlemen and sportsmen”

Thank you HR for re posting this. A valiant effort on your part, but it was worth it, no? To see it posted twice. Am sure the GOAT appreciates it.


Markus Says:

I have to hand it to Humble Rafa, some people really do pay attention to everything he says.


skeezer Says:

Apparently you do to Markus. Congrats. I can count on HR to post pretty much every time I post. Big follower of me.
#flattered


Roger is CLASS Says:

Is arrogant HR writing something?


Roger is CLASS Says:

All Career Matches. Federer 1132. Nadal 873. Djokovic 783. Murray 655. Del Potro 384.
2017/12/31


Margot Says:

Hi Skeeeze and anyone else interested : You asked me about Andy so latest news. Back on practise courts end March and making Queens his target come back. Fingers crossed.


skeezer Says:

Awesome Margot thanks it will be great to have him back.👍👏


j-kath Says:

HR arrogant? – no way! But, HR has changed and I’m wondering if he has a twin?


Margot Says:

Thanks Skeeze ❤👍


Willow Says:

Congrats to Roger and Serena ….


FedExpress Says:

How on earth did Serena win it? She played only two tournaments. Was only 2 months pregnant. And pregnancy is not an illness.

Mikaela Shiffrin deserved it way more.


Django Says:

Did she win the award for being pregnant? LMAO what phony BS.


RZ Says:

I think a big reason why Serena won the award was that none of the other women accomplished much more than she did in the few weeks that she played. When the argument for Gabrine Muguruza being named player of the year is that she won Wimbledon and Cincinnati (and nothing else), it’s clear no one dominated. In Serena’s defense, she surpassed Graf’s total number of slams, which is why she probably won. So in terms of the other women tennis players, I don’t see an issue with her winning.

What I wonder is whether there were women in any other sports who had a solid 2017 and were deserving of the win. I don’t follow a lot of other sports so I can’t weigh in on that regard.


Margot Says:

That tweet isn’t accurate Giles. Nole won his first slam, the AO 2008, against Tsonga. I’m not sure JWT was even ranked in the top 20 at the time, but am happy to be wrong about that. In stark contrast to Andy who faced Fed in his first slam final.


Willow Says:

Federer was still ranked world number 1 at the time Murray faced him in the 2008 USO final, not the issue here, but Murray had it harder than the other 3 when it came to winning his first GS , as he was the only one that faced a GS champion in his first ever final


Margot Says:

Well said Willow. Something people tend to forget. I wonder if Andy’s Grand Slam “journey” would’ve been somewhat different if he had faced a different opponent in his first final.


Willow Says:

Exactly Margot ….


Giles Says:

9.36 am post. Can you produce an alternative?


RZ Says:

You can’t blame a GS winner for who they played in the final. They don’t get to choose their opponents. They are required to play the person who makes it to the final.


Giles Says:

10.48 am. Lol. Another fixed award.


skeezer Says:

You mean social networking? Or News?


skeezer Says:

@10:54


skeezer Says:

Yeah Giles, its all fixed, lucky, rigged, priviledged, and un earned. Hate much?


Humble Rafa Says:

its all fixed, lucky, rigged, priviledged, and un earned

I am glad you got it. I am proud of you. I didn’t think you will get here. Good progress in a short amount of time.


Van Persie Says:

Margot, tweet very accurate ;)

Djoko beat Fed at AO 2008 in semis…tweet is about facing top4 during GS

Djoko also faced Fed in his 1st final: UO 2007


skeezer Says:

HR…. my puppet. Always admiring and taking notice of my posts. Sorry there is no “follow” button here for you.


Van Persie Says:

Giles,

Thank you for that tweet. A new record for Fed in there lol


Giles Says:

VP. Lol. You’re welcome.


Margot Says:

VP that tweet is very ambivalent. It could be interpreted either way. “During a Grand Slam tournament ” perhaps would’ve been better.


Van Persie Says:

Margot, well autor of the tweet is not a journalist. I got her point though, was about Was not aware about those stats and apreciate the information.

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