Twenty-time tennis grand slam champion Roger Federer won the 2017 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year awards on Monday.
By SportBrief Reporter
The 36-year-old Swiss won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in 2017 after nearly five years without a major.
“I didn’t believe I would ever come back to this level,” said Federer. “The year I had was something else.”
Serena Williams took the World Sportswoman of the Year award after winning her 23rd grand slam in 2017.
“This means the world to me,” added world number one Federer. The comebacks are always extremely emotional. Last year was a dream come true.”
Formula 1 constructors’ champions Mercedes picked up the Team of the Year accolade, and wheelchair athlete Marcel Hug won Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
“There’s so much expertise in all parts of our team, I feel so proud to be a part of it,” said Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton
Also at the ceremony in Monaco, golfer Sergio Garcia secured the Breakthrough prize following his Masters success, while recently-retired Roma forward Francesco Totti clinched the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement award.
Brazilian football club Chapecoense were given the Best Sporting Moment of the Year for their response in adversity following a plane crash in 2016 in which they lost the majority of their team.