Tennis dominated the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. Roger Federer won sportsman of the year and comeback of the year, while Serena Williams was named sportswoman of the year. The Mercedes F1 team also claimed a prize.
Roger Federer was named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fifth time at the Monaco award ceremony on Tuesday. The Swiss veteran was also honored as enjoying the comeback of the year, having become the oldest world number 1 in tennis’ history, reclaiming the top spot in the men’s game 14 years after he first occupied it.
“This means the world to me, thank you so, so much,” Federer said in his acceptance speech, also praising the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for helping to inspire his own philanthropic work.
Serena Williams, meanwhile, was named Sportswoman of the Year, having claimed her 23rd Grand Slam singles title and surpassed German ace Steffi Graf just in time to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, later in 2017. Williams has not been able to return to the court quite as quickly as she had hoped since giving birth.
Marcel Hug claimed the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award. Golfer Sergio Garcia won the World Breakthrough of the Year award for his win at the US Masters — a full 18 years after he was named winner of the self-same award on the basis of his impressive rookie season on the pro tour.
“There’s no secret, there’s just a lot training, hard training”. You’re an inspiration, Marcel Hug! The Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
Edwin Moses, Mercedes F1 team honored
Edwin Moses, chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy since 2000, received the “exceptional achievement” lifetime award on Tuesday, both in recognition of his gold-medal Olympic career as a hurdler and of his charitable endeavors after retirement.
The Laureus Foundation was born out of South African and German money, based on the conviction held by the late Nelson Mandela that sport could be one of the world’s most powerful vehicles for change and social progress. Moses cast his mind back to these roots in his acceptance speech.
“President Mandela walked into the room — and he knew everyone’s name and he spoke to everyone in person — and he told us that we were going to use sports to make a significant social change,” Moses recalled, noting that there were “about five people in the office” back then.
“To see where the Academy is today, and where the foundation is today… very satisfying”.
Lewis Hamilton Says He Is So proud of our team winning @LaureusSport‘s World Team of the Year. 1,500 people all with a shared vision. Honoured to be on this journey with you @MercedesAMGF1
Here is the full list of winners, per the awards’:
- Sportsman of the Year: Roger Federer- Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles—the most in history for a male player—and has held the world No. 1spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 304 weeks, including 237 consecutive weeks. After turning professional in 1998, he was continuously ranked in the top ten from October 2002 to November 2016. He re-entered the top ten following his victory at the 2017 Australian Open.Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, a joint-record six Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles, and one French Open title. He is one of eight men to have captured a career Grand Slam. Federer has reached a record 30 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open. Federer has also won a record six ATP Finals, 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000, and a record 20 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. Given these achievements, many players and analysts consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.Federer’s all-court game and versatile style of play involves exceptional footwork and shot-making. Effective both as a base-liner and a volleyer, his apparent effortlessness and efficient movement on the court has made Federer highly popular among his fans. He has been voted by his peers to receive the tour Sportsmanship Award a record thirteen times, and voted by fans to receive the ATP Fans’ Favorite award for fifteen consecutive years. Federer has been named the Swiss Sports Personality of the Year a record seven times. He has been named ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion five times, and has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, including four consecutive awards from 2005 to 2008. He is also the only individual to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.
- Sportswomen of the Year: Serena Williams- Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions over the last 15 years from 2002 to 2017. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf for the most consecutive weeks as world No. 1 by a female tennis player. In total, she has been world No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova. Some commentators, players and sports writers regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time. On April 19, 2017, she announced a hiatus from tennis until 2018 because of pregnancy. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. Her record of 39 Grand Slam titles puts her 3rd on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent female player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to achieve this record twice after Rod Laver and Steffi Graf. She is also, together with her sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player in theOpen Era, and is second on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24). She is the only tennis player in history (man or woman) to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and the only player ever to have won two Grand Slams seven times each (7 Wimbledon titles and 7 Australian Open titles). She is also the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court. Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open (7) and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert (6). She also holds the all-time record for the most women’s singles matches won at the Grand Slams with 316 matches.She has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. As a team, she and Venus have the third most women’s doubles grand slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva (14 with Gigi Fernández) and the record 20 titles won by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships in the singles division. Serena has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles—an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus. The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016. She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes‘ list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. She has won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award three times (2003, 2010, 2016), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
- Comeback of the Year: Roger Federer
- Exceptional Achievement: Francesco Totti- Francesco Totti, is an Italian former professional footballer who played for Roma and the Italy national team. He is often referred to as Er Bimbo de Oro(The Golden Boy), L’Ottavo Re di Roma (The Eighth King of Rome), Er Pupone (The Big Baby), Il Capitano (The Captain), and Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator) by the Italian sports media. He played primarily as an attacking midfielder or second striker, but could also play as a lone striker or winger. He currently serves as a club director with Roma.Totti spent his entire career at Roma, winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. He is the second-highest scorer of all time in Italian league history with 250 goals, and is the sixth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 316 goals. Totti is the top goalscorer and the most capped player in the club’s history, holds the record for the most goals scored in Serie A while playing for a single club, and also holds the record for the youngest club captain in the history of Serie A.A creative offensive playmaker renowned for his vision, technique, and goalscoring ability, Totti is considered to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time, one of the most talented players of his generation, and Roma’s greatest ever player. He won a record eleven Oscar del calcio awards from the Italian Footballers’ Association: five Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year awards, two Serie A Footballer of the Year awards, two Serie A Goal of the Year awards, one Serie A Goalscorer of the Year award, and one Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award.A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and UEFA Euro 2000 finalist with Italy, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments; he also represented his country at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He also won several individual awards, notably the 2007 European Golden Shoe and the Golden Foot. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players as selected by Pelé, as part of FIFA‘s centenary celebrations. In 2011, Totti was recognised by IFFHS as the most popular footballer in Europe. In November 2014, Totti extended his record as the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, aged 38 years and 59 days.
- World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Armel Le Cleac’h- Armel Le Cléac’h is a Breton professionalnavigator and sea captain. He was the IMOCA world champion in 2008 and French champion in single-handed yacht race in 2003, he notably won the Solitaire du Figaro twice (2003 et 2010), the Transat AG2R in 2004 and 2010 and the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race in 2016. He finished second in both the 2008–09 (first participation) and 2012–13 (second participation) editions of the Vendée Globe. In the Vendée Globe 2016–17, he finished first with a new record time of 74d 3h 35′ 46″.
- Sport for Good: Active Communities Network
- Team of the Year: Mercedes F1- Mercedes-AMG is currently used by its owners Daimler AG as the brand for their Formula One subsidiary, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One chassis team, based in Brackley, United Kingdom, using a German licence, and of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, a Formula One engine manufacturer, based in Brixworth,United Kingdom. Mercedes-Benz had competed in the pre-war European Championship winning three titles and debuted in Formula One in 1954, running a team for two years. The team is also known by their nickname, the “Silver Arrows“.
- “Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton” MBE is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. A four-time Formula One World Champion, he is often considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He won his first World Championship title with McLaren in 2008, then moved to Mercedes where he won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 before winning his fourth title in 2017. Statistically the most successful British driver in the history of the sport, Hamilton has won more World Championship titles (4) and more race victories than any other British driver in Formula One (62). He also holds records for the all-time most career points (2,610), the most wins at different circuits (24), the all-time most pole positions (72) and the most grand slams in a season (3).
- World Breakthrough of the Year: Sergio Garcia- is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. García has won 31 international tournaments as a professional, most notably the 2008 Players Championship and the 2017 Masters Tournament. Garcia is also the Chairman of Spanish football team CF Borriol.García has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, including over 300 weeks in the top 10 between 2000 and 2009, and over 400 weeks in the top 10 in total. García reached his highest career ranking, 2nd, after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008. García has achieved career earnings of more than US$43 million. As a player, he is noted for strong iron play and accuracy. In the Ryder Cup, García competed in eight of the nine matches playing during his professional career cumulatively earning 22.5 points during those matches.
- World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Marcel Hug- is a Paralympian athlete from Switzerland competing in category T54 wheelchair racing events. Hug, nicknamed ‘The Silver Bullet’, has competed in four Summer Paralympic Games for Switzerland, winning two bronze medals in his first Games in Athens in 2004. In 2010 he set four world records in four days, and at the 2011 World Championships he won a gold in the 10,000 metres and four silver medals, losing the gold in three events to long term rival David Weir. This rivalry continued into the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where Hug won two silvers, in the 800m and the marathon. In the 2013 World Championships Hug dominated the field, winning five golds and a silver. During the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, Hug was one of the most consistent competitors in the T54 class, winning two golds, in the 800 m and marathon, and two silvers medals, in the 1500m and 500m.
- Sporting Inspiration Award: J.J. Watt- is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans with the 11th pick in the first round of the2011 NFL Draft, and played college football at Wisconsin.Watt received the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons. Although primarily a defensive end, he occasionally shifts to defensive tackle in some situations. He has also taken snaps on offense, catching three touchdown passes during the 2014 season. In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career. He holds the Texans’ franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles. In 2017, Sports Illustrated named Watt Sportsperson of the Year.
- Best Sporting Moment: Chapecoense (Eternal Champions)- is a Brazilian football club, based in the city of Chapecó in the state of Santa Catarina.The club was founded in 1973 with the goal of restoring football in the city, and won the state championship, the Campeonato Catarinense, for the first time in 1977. The club has won six state titles to date, most recently in 2017. A relatively small club, it entered Brazil’s top division, Série A, for the first time in 1978, returning to the top flight only in 2014. The club also has activities in futsal, in which it has been state champion twice. The club’s home matches are played at Arena Condá.On November 28, 2016, a charter flight carrying the first team crashed as it approached José María Córdova International Airport near Medellín, Colombia, where the team was travelling to play the first leg of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional, a match that was seen as the biggest in the history of the club. All but six of the 77 passengers died; only three Chapecoense players survived their injuries. Following the crash, Atlético Nacional made a request to the governing body of the competition, CONMEBOL, that Chapecoense be awarded the trophy. CONMEBOL awarded Chapecoense the trophy on 5 December, and Atlético Nacional received the Centennial Fair Play Award for their gesture.
- Lifetime Achievement: Edwin Moses- is an American former track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400 m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals (122 consecutive races) and set the world record in the event four times. In addition to his running, Moses was also an innovative reformer in the areas of Olympic eligibility and drug testing. In 2000, he was elected the first Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes. After his retirement from track, Moses competed in a 1990 World Cup bobsled race at Winterberg, Germany. He and long-time US Olympian Brian Shimer won the two-man bronze medal.In 1994 Moses received an MBA from Pepperdine University and was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.Since election in 2000, Moses has been chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which seeks “to promote and increase participation in sport at every level, and also to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change around the world.” Several dozen Olympic and world champion athletes, through the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, work to assist disadvantaged youths around the world.In 2008, Moses presented the Dayton Literary Peace Prize‘s Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Luther King, Jr., biographer Taylor Branch.In May 2009, the University of Massachusetts Boston awarded Moses an honorary doctorate for his efforts to maintain the integrity of Olympic sports and for his use of sports as a tool for positive social change.He attended Morehouse College, B.S Physics; Pepperdine University, MBA; and received his Doctor of Science, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Edwin makes his home in Atlanta when not traveling as a key member of Laureus’ Global Leadership.
THE WINNERS OF THE YEAR 2018 ARE
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY
BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
ACTION SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
ARMEL LE CLÉAC’H
TEAM OF THE YEAR
MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS F1 TEAM
SPORT FOR GOOD
ACTIVE COMMUNITIES NETWORK
J. J. WATT
BEST SPORTING MOMENT
ETERNAL CHAMPIONS (CHAPECOENSE)
EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
“When Houston went though the hurricane, we saw disaster, we saw devastation,” Watt said in his acceptance speech. “But what I saw after that was hope. I saw something truly special. I saw neighbors, I saw kids, I saw policemen, firefighters — strangers —step up to help up each other out … I didn’t do anything special, I just gave everybody an opportunity to help. Everyone else did the work.”