Laureus Awards: Roger Federer named World Sportsman of the Year 2017

Twenty-time tennis grand slam champion Roger Federer has won the 2017 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and comeback of the Year awards.

Federer’s awards were his fifth and sixth since the Laureus Awards began in 2000, making him the most decorated winner in its history.

“I didn’t believe I would ever come back to this level,” said Federer. “The year I had was something else.” “This means the world to me,” added world number one Federer.”The comebacks are always extremely emotional. Last year was a dream come true.”

Thank you to my rival Rafa,” Federer said. “I wanted to 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 think I’m a better player. He could very well be here tonight standing here with this award because he’s an incredible player, incredible friend and incredible athlete,” he added.

He further went on to thank his coaches who trained him all throughout his career. “Of course my coaches throughout the years have given me the chance. From the junior days through to Severin [Luthi] and Ivan [Ljubicic] sitting here tonight,” he said.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to take this award from the Laureus Academy. You know how much this means to me,” he added.

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

Football legend Francesco Totti, who claimed the Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for his services to Roma and Italy, and former track athlete Edwin Moses, who won the Lifetime Achievement award.


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.


Sportsman of the Year award : Roger Federer.

Also nominated: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) football, Mo Farah (GB) athletics, Chris Froome (GB) cycling, Lewis Hamilton (GB) Formula 1, Rafael Nadal (Spain) tennis.

Sportswoman of the Year award : Serena Williams.

Also nominated: Garbine Muguruza (Spain) tennis, Caster Semenya (South Africa) athletics, Allyson Felix (US) athletics, Katie Ledecky (US) swimming, Mikaela Shiffrin (US) alpine skiing.

Team of the Year : Mercedes.

Also nominated: France’s Davis Cup team (tennis), Golden State Warriors (basketball), New England Patriots (American football), New Zealand’s America’s Cup team (sailing), Real Madrid (football).

Breakthrough of the Year : Sergio Garcia.

Also nominated: Anthony Joshua (GB) boxing, Kylian Mbappe (France) football, Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) tennis, Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) basketball, Caeleb Dressel (US) swimming.

Comeback of the Year : Roger Federer.

Also nominated: FC Barcelona (Spain) football, Valentino Rossi (Italy) motorsport, Sally Pearson (Australia) athletics, Justin Gatlin (US) athletics, Chapecoense (Brazil) football.

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability : Marcel Hug.

Also nominated: Yui Kamiji (Japan) wheelchair tennis, Oksana Masters (US) cross-country skiing, Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands) snowboarding, Jetze Plat (Netherlands) ironman, Markus Rehm (Germany) long jump.

Action Sportsperson of the Year : Armel Le Cleac’h.

Also nominated: Tyler Wright (Australia) surfing, John John Florence (US) surfing, Anna Gasser (Austria) snowboarding, Mark McMorris (Canada) snowboarding, Nyjah Huston (US) skateboarding.

Best Sporting Moment of the Year : Chapecoense.

Also nominated: The Iowa Hawkeyes and the ‘Kinnick Wave’ (US) American football, Bradley Lowery and his special bond with Jermain Defoe (GB) football, Kimi Raikkonen and his six-year-old fan Thomas Danel (Finland) Formula 1, Billy Monger (GB) motorsport.

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