Federer, Serena named World Sportspersons of the Year 2017

By Daily Sports on February 28, 2018

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Twenty-time tennis grand slam champion Roger Federer has won the 2017 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year awards, while Serena Williams grabbed the World Sportswoman category.

The 36-year-old Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in 2017 after seven years without a major.

"I didn't believe I would ever come back to this level," said Federer. "The year I had was something else."

Serena Williams took the World Sportswoman of the Year award after winning her 23rd grand slam in 2017.

"This means the world to me," added world number one Federer.

"The comebacks are always extremely emotional. Last year was a dream come true."

Formula 1 constructors' champions Mercedes picked up the Team of the Year accolade, and wheelchair athlete Marcel Hug won Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

"There's so much expertise in all parts of our team, I feel so proud to be a part of it," said Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton

Also at the ceremony in Monaco, golfer Sergio Garcia secured the Breakthrough prize following his Masters success, while recently-retired Roma forward Francesco Totti clinched the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement award.

Brazilian football club Chapecoense were given the Best Sporting Moment of the Year for their response in adversity following a plane crash in 2016 in which they lost the majority of their team. (BBC)

•Photo shows Roger Federer.

Source Daily Sports

Posted February 28, 2018


 

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