To me is completely unexpected. I am happy and thank Laurias Academy for this support", he said after receiving the award.Australian Open champion Federer said, "It was an unforgettable year for me. It was very difficult to return after 2016, and these memorabilia make my effort of returning memorable. When I won my first Laureus award in 2005, if you had said that I would win six Larias Awards then I do not trust you. This is a wonderful journey. "
This is the annual sports award given by Laureus World Sports Academy. The great sportsmen vote for this and this award is given for the achievements of a calendar year. This year it was given to the success of the players in the 2017 calendar year. This year, Hollywood superstar Benedict Cumberbatch hosted the show and the famous singer and songwriter Emily Sande performed during the show.
In the Sportsman of the Year category, Federer had a tough competition from Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal and Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo. Federer, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, was awarded the Comeback of the Year for his extraordinary success after recovering from knee injury.(UNI)