The tennis players Roger Federer and Serena Williams were Tuesday at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monte-Carlo Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2017 will be elected. Federer received two times on stage to do an “Oscar of Sport” to take delivery. He also received the Laureus Award for Comeback of the Year.
Formula 1-renstal Mercedes is the Team of the Year, the Swiss rolstoelatleet Marcel Hugde Paralympiër of the Year and the French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h Actiesporter of the Year. The Spanish golfer Sergi Garcia made with his victory in the Masters for the Breakthrough of the Year. The former American hurdler Edwin Moses was given a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Italian ex-footballer Francesco Totti an Exceptional Achievement Award. If sportmoment of the year was chosen for the return on the field of the three players of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense that the plane crash in Colombia survived.
The 36-year-old Federer won in 2017, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The first grandslamzeges since 2012. Now won the Swiss also the Australian Open of 2018, and he brought his record number of Grand Slams on twenty. Last week recaptured the first place in the world ranking. “Last year was a dream. I never thought that I this level again would pick up,” said Federer, who prefer to got on footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow tennis player Rafael Nadal.
The American Serena Williams, also 36 years old, came in 2017 only one month in action. Therein, she won the Australian Open. That was good for her 23rd grandslamzege. She does one better than the German Steffi Graf and came up one victory of the record of the Australian Margharet Smith-Court. Afterwards made Williams announced that she was pregnant and in september she gave birth to a daughter.
Federer received the trophy from the hands of the German ex-tennis player Boros Becker. Serena Williams was not at the gala. For Federer, it is the fifth time that he is one of the world’s best athlete is elected. From 2005 to 2008, he received the recognition four times in a row. With the comebacktrofee there, he is the most celebrated athlete in the history of the Laureus Awards. Previously, he had the record of four awards still share with the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the American surfer Kelly Slater, four-time Actiesporter of the Year, and with Serena Williams. She was Sportswoman of the Year in 2003, 2010 and 2016 and received in 2007 the award for the Comeback of the Year.
On the roll of honour of the Laureus Awards are two Belgians. Justine Henin is the Sportswoman of the Year in 2008 and Kim Clijsters made in 2010 the Comeback of the Year.