Roger Federer, a Swiss tennis champion and winner of 20 majors, has been named the “Fans’ Favorite” at the ATP Awards for the 19th time. Federer, who will skip the 2022 opening major – the Australian Open – and is unlikely to return to competitive tennis until mid-2022 while recovering from knee surgery, has now won 40 ATP Awards. Federer, who celebrated his 40th birthday in August, made his ATP Tour comeback in March this year in Doha after undergoing two arthroscopic right knee surgery. operations in 2020.
He enjoyed a run-up to the Wimbledon quarter-finals where he showed his continued appreciation for the fans.
“(The) audience was amazing,” Federer had said. “The ovation was fantastic. I loved it. That’s why I play. That’s why I still play now.”
In addition to his 19 ‘Fans’ Favorite Awards’, Federer has also been voted 13 times recipient of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ (2017).
He has also been crowned ATP No. 1 five times and is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.
In doubles, the French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have been selected as “Fans’ Favorite” for the first time.
Herbert has withdrawn from next year’s Australian Open.
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