Federer: “This Award This Year Means The Most To Me”
Swiss voted as winner of Fans’ Favourite & Sportsmanship Awards
Roger Federer added to his record haul of ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, adding two more trophies in 2016 to take his tally to 33 since 2003.
The 35-year-old was selected by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 14th straight year and by fellow players as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a 12th time.
Federer shared a special video message during the Awards ceremony at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Official Launch Party presented by Moët & Chandon, held Thursday evening at the Cutty Sark in London.
“I just wanted to thank all the fans who have voted for me for ATP Fans’ Favourite,” he said. “This is probably the toughest year I’ve had on tour by far with the injuries and the only 7-10 tournaments I was able to play this year. This award this year means the most to me by virtue of the tough year that I’ve had, so thank you to everybody for coming out to vote for me.”
The 35-year-old Swiss received 56 per cent of all votes cast by fans. Andy Murray finished second, followed by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. For the player-voted Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award category, he beat out fellow nominees Murray, Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, extending his reign to six straight years. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09.
“The Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award voted by the players is fantastic,” he said. “I really appreciate it. I try to be a good sport on the court and then of course that players think I’m a good role model or a good guy to play against, that’s really cool, but there’s a lot of other good guys out there who do exactly the same, if not better, so thank you to those guys as well.”
Federer has also won ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates five times (2004-07, 2009) and the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award twice (2006, 2013). This year’s ATP World Tour No. 1 has yet to be decided, with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic battling this coming week at The O2 for the year-end honours. The Swiss stated that he would be paying close attention to the season finale, where he is a six-time champion.
“I’ll be following the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals on TV as close as possible because I think it’s one of the best tournaments we have on tour,” he said. “I think it’s going to be really, really exciting.”