The fans have spoken, and for the 19th straight year, Roger Federer has been voted as the winner of Fans’ Favourite in the 2021 ATP Awards.
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Federer, who celebrated his 40th birthday in August, made his comeback to the ATP Tour this past March in Doha after undergoing two arthroscopic right knee surgeries in 2020. He enjoyed a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, where he showed his continued appreciation for the fans.
“[The] crowds were amazing,” said Federer. “The ovation was fantastic. I loved it. That’s why I play. That’s why I still play now.”
After 18 months of rehabbing and performing behind closed doors, playing on Centre Court to a passionate crowd makes it all worth it. Thank you ??? pic.twitter.com/7TjQbrxioR
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 2, 2021
The Swiss adds to his record haul of ATP Awards, now at 40. In addition to his 19 Fans’ Favourite Awards, Federer has been voted by his peers as the recipient of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 13 times and Comeback Player of the Year (2017). He has also been crowned ATP No. 1 presented by FedEx five times and is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.
In doubles, the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have been selected as Fans’ Favourite for the first time.