Roger Federer And Serena Williams Win Laureus Sportsman And Sportswoman Of The Year Awards
He is the icon of men’s tennis, and last night, in the company of HSH Prince Albert and HSH Princess Charlene, Roger Federer won his fifth and six Laureus statuettes, becoming the most decorated Laureus Winner in history at the 2018 Awards Ceremony in Monaco.
In the Sportsman of the Year category, Federer fought off tough competition from the likes of Rafael Nadal and Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) to win the Award. The Swiss tennis star also received the Comeback of the Year Award, in recognition of his achievements in overcoming a serious knee injury. Boris Becker was a presenter:
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.
The Fed was his typically low-profile, low-key self:
This is a very special moment for me. 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 honour. 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. -Roger Federer
Voted for by the legends of sport in the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Awards recognized sporting achievement in the 2017 calendar year. The Awards were hosted by actor Benedict Cumberbatch.