Tennis player Roger Federer has been voted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 yet again, as he extends his tally of this award to four.
The 36-year-old had a remarkable performance this year after having a come-back from a six-month-long injury. Federer overtook fellow three-time winners Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt after winning two of the four grand slams and became the first player to win a record eight Wimbledon singles titles. Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Federer said: “It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public has chosen me as the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for 2017.
Roger Federer overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen. “The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I’m here is amazing, and to be recognized on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sportspeople of all time is extremely humbling”, he added.
The BBC Overseas Award will be part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony which takes place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Sunday.
Here is the list of winners of BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award over the years: