David Goffin has Monday on the Brussels town hall, the National Trophy for Sportverdienste received. Princess Astrid gave the tennis player the prestigious prize. “It is a true honor of this award to receive, from the hands of princess Astrid, and to accede to the wreath top athletes of our country”, declared the number 7 on the ATP ranking.
Goffin is the first male tennis player on the hall of fame since Jacky Brichant and Philippe Washer in 1957. “It is really special this trophy to receive. This means a lot to me”, brought in the Sportsman of the Year again.
The Liège last year reached the final of the ATP World Tour Finals by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to beat. The first Belgian kicked his way to the top ten of the ATP ranking. The jury of the Trophy for Sportverdienste also appreciated the share of Goffin in the Davis Cup team, in the finals of the landencompetitie kicked. Further conquered Goffin in 2017 ATP titles in Tokyo and Shenzhen. Also voorbeeldigheid, both on and off the court, the jury to value. “I have gotten many compliments regarding my behavior. I try always exemplary to behave.”
“Victory against Federer remains special”
“2017 is really beautiful. After my injury at Roland Garros, I am fresh and with a lot of enthusiasm, returned”, he continued Goffin. “The victory against Federer remains very special. When I was young, I have a lot of matches of him. Against him playing was already impressive, but he also beat the Masters will always be a fantastic memory to continue.”
The person from liege, who in the second round, fell at the last Australian Open, is hoping this season is still steps forward. “I am very ambitious and want the opportunities that arise to grab. I hope great things to achieve, as far as possible, to get to the big tournaments. A grand slam tournament win? That is a dream for every tennis player. It would be a huge achievement, we are trying to succeed.”
The National Trophy for Sportverdienste, but one time in a career can be won, awarded since 1928, is a Belgian athlete or sports team in the past year especially meritorious.