I know you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for the 2008 ATP World Awards to come out! Well, wait no more, tennis fans! The “Laver” goes to. . .
Roger Federer – he may be slumping on the court, but that hasn’t stopped both fans and players alike from voting him their favorite. His locker room colleagues pegged Fed for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a record fifth consecutive year – tying Edberg, himself, for most awarded player. And in a poll of tennis fans, Federer was voted “ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite” for the sixth time in a row – that’s like pre-dating broadband! Impressive!
Kind of makes up for losing Wimbledon, right Roger?:
“It is great to receive two more awards. It is always important for me to be a good sportsman on the court and give the right example for others to follow and hopefully inspire the next generation. It also means the world to me to be the fans’ favourite player for the sixth year in a row. The support I receive from the fans around the world is so motivating and it is humbling to receive this award once again.”
Rafael Nadal will have to make due with only being voted Best Damn Player on the ATP Tour. Better luck next time, Rafa!
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic were voted best doubles team and James Blake is the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for his many charitable efforts, including fundraising for cancer research (click here).
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Do you think Mirka bakes cupcakes for Roger to hand out in the locker room, a la Tracy Flick in Election? Does Djokovic’s dad demand a recount? Does Rafa mistake the ballot box for the laundry shoot and stuff his sweaty socks into it? Does anybody actually care about this stuff???
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