Federer Honoured With Three Awards
Roger Federer’s 2017 season has been recognised with three ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. The 36-year-old takes his record tally to 36 awards since 2003.
Federer has been selected by fans as ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 15th straight year, and voted by fellow players as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and Comeback Player of the Year.
"I had a good year on and off the court," he said. "I tried to represent the game in the best possible way, but I am by far not the only guy. There are so many guys who carry themselves so, so well on and off the courts; same as Fans’ Favourite, there are so many guys who are super popular, so in a way I feel like I could share these trophies with everybody, but of course I’m very grateful to take them today."
This marks the 13th time and seventh year in a row that he has been recognised with the Sportsmanship Award – he also won it six straight years from 2004-09 – and the first time he has won the Comeback Award.
Federer started 2017 at No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, having missed the second half of 2016 to recuperate from knee surgery, and has risen to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He has claimed seven titles during his comeback campaign, including two Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon), three ATP World Tour Masters 1000s (Indian Wells, Miami, Shanghai) and a pair of ATP World Tour 500s (Halle, Basel).
"The Comeback Player of the Year obviously is very special because it has felt like a big massive comeback for me after missing 7-8 months of the season, even if this one I feel I share a lot with the other players," he said. "Everyone who had a comeback has worked extremely hard, is happy to be back and healthy. Rafa also ranks supreme to me because not only did he come back, but he finished the year World No. 1, so there’s an asterisk for me. I’m happy to get it, but I feel like also other players deserve it."
He also thanked fans for their continued support throughout the years, after extending his reign as Fans’ Favourite. "I love it. To receive this one, fans mean a lot to me. I like interacting with them, talking with them, signing autographs, taking pictures, hearing their support. This is a big shout out to those who’ve voted for me and supported me and tennis in general for all these years and still like to see me play."
The Swiss received his trophies during the Awards ceremony at the Nitto ATP Finals Official Launch Party, presented by Moët & Chandon, held Thursday evening at the Tower of London.
Federer has also won the ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates five times (2004-07, 2009) and the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award twice (2006, 2013).