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Laureus World Sports Awards 2019

  • Tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic wins fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, equalling athletics icon  Usain Bolt’s Laureus record
  • Gymnastics sensation Simone Biles is Sportswoman of the Year after historic world championship performance
  • Naomi Osaka wins Breakthrough Award, Japan’s historic first Laureus Award winner
  • Tiger Woods wins Comeback Award, 19 years after winning his first Laureus Award
  • FIFA world champions France make history with second Team of the Year accolade
  • The Laureus World Sports Awards honours the greatest and most inspirational sports triumphs of the past calendar year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good

Story: MONACO, February 18, 2019 – World No. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic, record-breaking gymnast Simone Biles, golfing legend Tiger Woods and the France Football Team were among the big winners at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards.

In the company of HSH Prince Albert II in Monaco, Novak Djokovic fought off tough competition from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge and LeBron James to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Novak, who won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 after returning from elbow surgery, is now a four-time Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

Speaking after receiving his Award, Novak said: “A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

“Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I’ll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support.”

The Laureus World Sports Academy – made up of 68 global sporting legends – volunteered their time to vote for the winners in each shortlisted category which recognises sporting achievement in the 2018 calendar year. The Awards were hosted by actor James Marsden and featured entertainment from award-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jorja Smith.

After her record-breaking performance at the gymnastics world championships, in which she won four gold, one silver and one bronze medal, Simone Biles was crowned Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. Biles, who also won the Sportswoman Award in 2017, made history last year by becoming the first woman to win four all-around world championships. At just 21, she now has a record 14 career world titles.

FIFA World Cup winners France became the first national football team to win a second Laureus World Team of the Year Award, fighting off competition from the world-leading teams including Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Golden State Warriors and Real Madrid. French coach Didier Deschamps was in Monaco to accept the Award on behalf of the team.

Japan’s first Grand Slam tennis star Naomi Osaka received the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award for her victory in the US Open, where she defeated five-time Laureus Award winner Serena Williams. Osaka, 21, who is now number one in the world, makes history as Japan’s first Laureus Award winner.

Golfing star and ten-time Laureus Nominee Tiger Woods won his third Laureus Award, after winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year accolade at the 2000 and 2001 Laureus Awards. The American received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award for winning the Tour Championship, his first win in 1,876 days, returning to the game after spinal fusion surgery.

17-year-old American snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, who became the youngest woman to win a Winter Olympics snowboarding gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, won the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award.  Slovak alpine skier Henrieta Farkašová and her guide Natalia Subrtova won the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award after becoming the most decorated Winter Paralympian in Pyeongchang with four gold medals in vision-impaired Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super Combined and Super-G, plus silver in Slalom.

Attended by sports stars, celebrities and business leaders from around the world, the Awards also shone a light on the transformational work of Laureus Sport for Good. In 2018, nearly 300,000 young people all over the world directly benefited from more than 160 Laureus Sport for Good-supported programmes in 40 countries, working to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage by using sport as the tool for change.

Yuwa, a sport for development organisation that works in the rural region of Jharkhand in northern India, received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for their life-changing work in using football to improve the lives of young girls from disadvantaged communities. Through football, the girls overcome violence, build self-confidence and start to change perceptions of what a girl from a rural village in India is capable of achieving. One of Laureus Sport for Good’s key focus areas is promoting equality, empowerment and safety for young women and girls. Of the 296,300 children and young people Laureus Sport for Good programmes reached worldwide in 2018, 49% were young women and girls.

The Laureus World Sports Academy recognised marathon world record breaker Eliud Kipchoge with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award. Kipchoge, who ran the fastest time ever in a marathon in Berlin with a time of 2 hours 1 min 39 seconds, broke the previous record by a massive 1 min 18 seconds.

Legendary football manager Arsène Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to football during his 22 years as manager of Arsenal. During his time there, he famously led ‘The Invincibles’ to an entire season unbeaten, and made a significant contribution to English football through his approach to scouting, training and diets, and his emphasis on an attacking mentality.

Arsène received a guard of honour at the Ceremony from legendary Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and football legends Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo, Fabio Capello, Didier Deschamps, Cafu and Alex Scott. Arsène’s Award was presented by Cesc Fabregas.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn’s incredible career was recognised by the Laureus Academy with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award. The Spirit of Sport Award is given at the discretion of the Academy, to recognise an athlete or team who have achieved remarkable success and displayed a relentless dedication to their sport. The greatest female skier of all time, Vonn recently announced her retirement from the sport. Vonn is one of only two female skiers to win four Overall World Cups and has won a record eight World Cup Downhill titles.

Inspirational Chinese climber Xia Boyu received the most votes in the global Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year public vote. Xia was recognised for his efforts in becoming only the second double-amputee to scale Everest, and the first to reach the summit from the Nepalese side. Joining Xia in the top three Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year Nominees at the Awards in Monaco were; South Africa’s first black Test captain Siya Kolisi and Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, who is fighting motor neuron disease.

Shows:

GVs – Monaco

Laureus Statuette

Awards –

Red Carpet Highlights

Host Welcome / Show Opening

Laureus World Team of the Year – France Men’s Football

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year – Chloe Kim (not attending)

Laureus Spirit of Sport Award – Lindsey Vonn

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year – Naomi Osaka (not attending)

Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award – Eluid Kipchoge

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability – Henrieta Farkasova (& Guide – Natalia Subrtova)

Laureus Sporting Moment Award – Xia Boyu (China) (Disabled Climber) – Public Vote

Laureus Sport for Good Award – YUWA (India)

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – Arsene Wenger

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year – Simone Biles (not attending)

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year – Novak Djokovic.

Other: To stay up to date with the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit awards.laureus.com and follow @LaureusSport and #Laureus19 on social.

The Laureus World Sports Awards – Berlin 2016

BERLIN, GERMANY – The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of more than 50 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen.

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the top accolades at this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards.

The tennis duo were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Berlin ceremony for their 2015 achievements.

Djokovic, 28, reached all four Grand Slam finals, winning three of them, a feat emulated by Williams, 34.

Brazil’s Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias, 27, was named disabled sportsperson of the year after winning seven gold medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships.

The Laureus World Sports Awards supports Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does to transform the lives of individuals and communities around the world by using the power of sport as a tool to combat challenging social issues. Since its inception, Laureus Sport for Good has raised over €100 million and supported over 150 projects worldwide which use sport to tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage.

 

Other awards:

Team of the Year: New Zealand, who won the Rugby World Cup win

Comeback of the Year: Rugby player Dan Carter, who helped the All Blacks become champions after missing the 2011 final because of injury

Breakthrough of the Year: US golfer Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and US Open

Action Sportsperson of the Year: German triathlete Jan Frodeno, who became World Ironman champion

Athlete of the Year: Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi

Lifetime Achievement Award: Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda

Spirit of Sport Award: Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff

 

Cruyff, who died of cancer aged 68 on 24 March, was recognised for his work helping to deliver sport-related projects for underprivileged children around the world.

“He represented everything that was good about sport,” said Laureus World Sports Academy chairman Edwin Moses.

 

For full biographies of Winners and Nominees go to www.laureus.com

Three new members were welcomed to the Laureus World Sports Academy during the Awards Ceremony – German skier Maria Höfl-Riesch, Spanish football legend Raul and Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll.

The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy present in Berlin include: Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Cafu, Nadia Comaneci, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, Morné du Plessis, Luis Figo, Sean Fitzpatrick, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Hakkinen, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Mike Horn, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Alexey Nemov, Brian O’Driscoll, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raul, Steve Redgrave, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt.

Other guests included: Oliver Bierhoff, Ole Bischof, Stefan Blöcher, Fredi Bobic, Marie Bochet, Martin Braxenthaler, Bob Burnquist, Flavio Canto, Liu Cuiqing, Genzebe Dibaba, Pieter du Preez, Omara Durand, Anna Fenninger, Jan Frodeno, Regina Halmich, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Hoy, Martin Kaymer, Chloe Kim, Christa Kinshofer, Philip Köster, Stefan Kretzschmar, Nia Künzer, Jens Lehmann, Joachim Löw, Garrett McNamara, Victoria Pendleton, Jamie Redknapp, Nico Rosberg, Anna Schaffelhuber, Axel Schulz, Michael Teuber, Pascal Wehrlein, Toto Wolff, Kathi Wörndl.

 

Shows:

1. Slate

2. GV’s 10″

3. Red carpet

3.1 Mercedes concept arriving with Laureus director and Mercedes director. 24″

3.2 Laureus director vox pop 2 quotes.

1st quote – 26″

2nd quote – 9″

3.3 more red carpet arrivals including DJoko – 11″

3.5 more red carpet arrivals including Lewis Hamilton – 26″

3.6 Lewis Hamilton vox pop – 9″

3.7 Mercedes car arrival – 7″

3.8 David Coulthard arrival – 3″

3.9 David Coulthard vox pop – 15″

3.10 Nico Rosberg arrival – 6″

3.11 rosberg vox pop – 16″

3.12 more red carpet DJoko 3″

3.13 DJoko vox pop – 27″

3.14 Lauda red carpet – 12″

3.15 Becker red carpet – 4″

3.16 Becker vox pop – 16″

4.0 trophy shots – 13″

5.0 award opening and intro – 33″

6.0 sportsman of the year award – DJoko -3’30”

7.0 life time award – Lauda – 1’36”

8.0 team award – NZ all blacks – 2’44”

9.0 breakthrough award – 58″

10.0 spirit award – 2’10”

15.0 disability award – 32″

 

Nadal Tennis Tournament Launches Tommy Hilfiger Underwear

Tommy Hilfiger and Rafael Nadal celebrated the brand’s new underwear collection, ‘TH Bold’ fragrance and tailored collection, and unveiled the Fall 2015 ad campaign featuring the tennis icon with a pop-up tennis tournament in Bryant Park on August 25, 2015.

Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], launched its global brand ambassadorship with iconic tennis star Rafael Nadal for Tommy Hilfiger underwear, tailored and fragrance with a pop-up tennis event in Bryant Park. The 14-time Grand Slam winner challenged some of New York¹s best-dressed opponents in a one-of-a-kind, rapid-fire tennis competition, with a fun, sexy twist. The event celebrated the debut of the new Tommy Hilfiger underwear collection and unveiling of the dedicated advertising campaign featuring the tennis icon.

Nadal faced off in several rounds of tennis with top models including Chanel Iman, Constance Jablonski, Hannah Davis, Noah Mills, Arthur Kulkov and Akin Akman, all dressed in custom Tommy Hilfiger looks. Each time a team scored a point their opponents removed a piece of clothing, eventually unveiling the new Tommy Hilfiger men’s and women’s underwear designs. Actresses Jane Lynch and Lake Bell hosted the event from the umpire’s seat as Nadal took victory in three consecutive games.

“We’ve revamped our men’s underwear collection with a look that’s modern, athletic and bold, and Nadal is the ultimate global brand ambassador for this new direction,” said designer Tommy Hilfiger. “Since I first established my brand 30 years ago, we’ve always brought a unique twist to our designs and our advertising. Today’s event continues our tradition of bold, surprising campaigns and iconic ambassadors that celebrate our brand spirit and resonate with our consumers globally.”

“I love how this event brings together fashion and sport with Tommy’s signature twist – it was the perfect way to kick-off my partnership with Tommy Hilfiger,” said Rafael Nadal. “I’m proud to be launching the new campaign in the middle of New York City with such an exciting event.”

The advertising campaign was revealed just after midnight on August 25 through the brand’s social media channels, and will run globally in top print publications, television, online and out-of-home placements, including billboards in key cities worldwide. The striking campaign imagery and revealing video was shot in Nadal’s hometown in Mallorca, Spain.

To complement the event and partnership the brand launched a series of digital initiatives, including a live Periscope feed from the event hosted by American fashion blogger Sazan Barzani. In an exclusive collaboration with Funny or Die, comedian Nate Dern brought a new perspective to the traditional red-carpet Q&A in a series of videos that will be revealed on social media over the following days.

The Fall 2015 Tommy Hilfiger underwear collection refreshes classic styles with updated fits, revamped fabrics and elevated details. Design innovations, including a special four-way flex stretch technology, combine with premium fabrics for a result that’s sophisticated, durable and essential for every day comfort. The Fall 2015 Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collection features sharp silhouettes, modern tailoring and rich textures.

The TH Bold fragrance celebrates the spirit of determination and has been created for the modern man who lives bold, with a competitive nature and effortless self-confidence.

Tommy Hilfiger and Rafael Nadal were joined by fashion icons, sports stars, models, and VIPs, including:

Glee star and Hollywood Game Night host Jane Lynch; No Escape and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp star Lake Bell; Paper Towns star Nat Wolff; home and design icon Martha Stewart; supermodels Chanel Iman and Constance Jablonski; 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Hannah Davis; actor and model Noah Mills; Hilfiger models Arthur Kulkov and Akin Akman; and fashion bloggers Bryanboy, Danielle Bernstein and Sazan Barzani, all dressed in Tommy Hilfiger.

Friends of the brand joined the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TOMMYXNADAL and the Twitter/Instagram handles @TommyHilfiger and @RafaelNadal.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: http://runwaynewsroom.tommy.com/

About Tommy Hilfiger
With a brand portfolio that includes Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognized premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s collection apparel and sportswear, kidswear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories. Through select licensees, Tommy Hilfiger offers complementary lifestyle products such as eyewear, watches, fragrance, athletic apparel (golf and swim), socks, small leather goods, home goods and luggage. The Hilfiger Denim product line consists of jeanswear and footwear for men and women, accessories, and fragrance. Merchandise under the Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of Tommy Hilfiger and Hilfiger Denim retail stores, leading specialty and department stores, select online retailers, and at tommy.com.

About PVH
PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s and Olga, and its licensed brands, including Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, and Ike Behar.

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Winners Of The Laureus Sports Awards 2015 Revealed In Shanghai Ceremony

SHANGHAI, April 15, 2015 – The world’s top tennis player Novak Djokovic, the Germany World Cup football team and brilliant young athlete Genzebe Dibaba were the big winners as the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards were unveiled in Shanghai.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic won his second Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award after another brilliant 12 months which featured a second Wimbledon victory. He said: “This is probably the crown of my 2014 season that has been highlighted with winning Wimbledon, regaining No.1 in the world and becoming a father. It has probably been my best year so far in my life.”Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the Germany team, was at the Awards Ceremony to receive the Laureus World Team of the Year Award following the historic victory last year when Germany became the first European team to win the FIFA World Cup in South America. It was Germany’s fourth World Cup triumph.Bierhoff said: “At the final whistle we were together on the pitch, the coaches, players, team staff members, it was such a connection amongst us. For the coaches and some of the players and me it was a ten year project. And we were so happy at this moment.”Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year after breaking three world records in different events in two weeks. She is only the third person in history to achieve this feat, along with athletic giants Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt.The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 50 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €60 million for projects which have improved the lives of millions of young people.

There was an emotional welcome from the guests at the Awards Ceremony at the Shanghai Grand Theatre for South Africa’s Schalk Burger, who won the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after recovering from life-threatening meningitis to win his place back in the Springboks rugby team.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was named winner of the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award after a brilliant rookie season in which he won three Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull. He said: “The year was awesome, one of those years which I think was as good as it could get without actually winning a title. Definitely a breakthrough in my career.”

There was a double success for the United States with wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden winning the Laureus Disability Award and Alan Eustace receiving the Laureus Action Sports Award after his record-breaking freefall from the edge of space.

Host nation China was celebrating after the Laureus World Sports Academy gave two special Awards. Retired tennis star Li Na, who has fostered a dramatic growth of the sport in China after winning two Grand Slam championships, was given the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award, while basketball legend Yao Ming, who had a stunning career with Houston Rockets until he retired in 2011, was honoured with the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award.

During the event, it was also announced that Yao Ming and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had been elected the newest members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

The Laureus Sport for Good Award was presented to the worldwide skateboard programme Skateistan, which uses skateboarding as the means to change young people’s lives in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

The globally televised Laureus World Sports Awards was hosted by British film and TV actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Among the presenters were Hollywood legend Bill Murray, star of iconic films such as Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Hyde Park on Hudson, Henry Cavill, who played Superman in the film Man of Steel, multi award-winning Korean actress Ha Ji-won, and actress and model Karolína Kurková.

The Awards Ceremony is attended by legends of sport past and present and celebrates the achievements of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year. The Host Partner of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards is Chinese textile and wool company HengYuanXiang Group (HYX), and the event has received the strong support of the Shanghai Municipal Government.

The Laureus World Sports Awards were announced in seven categories. The full list of winners is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Genzebe Dibaba

Laureus World Team of the Year: Germany Men’s Football Team

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Daniel Ricciardo

Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Schalk Burger

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Tatyana McFadden

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Alan Eustace

There are three additional Awards: the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award was presented to Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award was given to retired tennis star Li Na and the Laureus Sport for Good Award was presented to the worldwide skateboard programme Skateistan.

 

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Federer Plays Hewitt In World First Tennis Launch Of Fast4

In a world first, Swiss tennis legend and current World No. 2 Roger Federer today challenged Australian great Lleyton Hewitt to a high-impact game of tennis at the iconic Sydney Opera House, for the exclusive global launch of Fast4 in Sydney.
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Story: In a world first, Swiss tennis legend and current World No. 2 Roger Federer today challenged Australian great Lleyton Hewitt to a high-impact game of tennis at the iconic Sydney Opera House, for the exclusive global launch of Fast4 in Sydney.
With the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, Federer and Hewitt took tennis to a new level and created history when they played a friendly Fast4 match on the Northern Boardwalk at the Sydney Opera House. The tennis legends are the first in the world to exchange rallies at the unique location, with the new format of tennis being seen today for the first time around the world.Fast4 is an innovative, new format of tennis developed by Tennis Australia.
It is designed to offer a faster game. There are four rule variations from traditional tennis: no advantage scoring, no lets, a tiebreaker to be played at three games all, with the first player to win four games winning the set.
Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said it was easy to see why Sydney was picked as the global launch city for the new fast format of tennis.”I’m delighted that the global launch of Fast4 was unveiled exclusively in Sydney, the home of world class sport,” Ms Chipchase said.
“Sydney is home to some of the leading sports events in the world, attracting some of the world’s biggest names in sport. We’re delighted to welcome Federer back to our shores for this exclusive, global premier of the next best thing in the sporting world”.
“Sydney is proud to be part of this historic event, celebrating the launch of the shortened version of the game.”
Great friends off the court, Federer and Hewitt have one of the most enduring rivalries in tennis, along with a great mutual respect.
The pair, both aged 33, have faced off 27 times since 1999, with Federer winning 18 of those matches.Tonight, in another world first, Federer will face off in a best-of-five sets match against Hewitt at the Qantas Credit Union Arena to showcase the new format of tennis.
For more information on Sydney go to www.sydney.com

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Roger Federer Aces Wild Dolphin Feeding In Brisbane

Tennis great Roger Federer has returned to Brisbane, Australia to revisit the form and feeling that led to 73 wins in 2014; one of his best years ever and more wins than any other player.
And this year the tennis legend has started his 2015 campaign (ahead of the Brisbane International) with some mental relaxation and the chance to feed the wild dolphins that visit Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. The island is located a 75 minute boat ride from Queensland’s capital city.
Federer hopes the up close encounter with the wild dolphins will afford him the same luck that Tinkerbell, the Brisbane koala he cuddled this time last year, did.”I think it did help me to visit Tinkerbell, the koala. I remember that it was special to be able to hold a koala and now this year, to be able to feel wild dolphins, is very special,” said Federer.”It’s nice interacting with animals. My kids love them … it’s something different. I hope the dolphins are going to be my lucky charm this year.”
Dolphin staff assured the passionate animal lover that his powerful right hand would be safe; wild dolphins don’t actually bite the hand that feeds them … more they suck the fish away.”I used my right hand, I risked my whole life for the dolphins but it is still here, I can still play tennis,” the excited tennis ace joked.
Federer, the world number two and winner of 17 Grand Slam tournaments began last season at the Brisbane International, and although runner up to local hero Lleyton Hewitt, he says the Brisbane competition is always great preparation.”You feel more comfortable starting the season here and that’s why I try to come here as early as I could after Christmas. Preparations (have) been going really well, so I am very pleased.”
This year, Federer says he plans to do even better although he may not play as many tournaments.As he puts it, “I am not sure if I am going to play (as) much this year. So I would have to win even more matches because I am going to most likely play even less tournaments.”But I definitely think I can play another good season and I finished so strong the last six months there’s no need for me to”
Roger Federer believes part of his success is being able to live a relatively stable family life which also includes touring with his family during tournaments.
“It’s busy especially with the four kids. At the same time it’s very relaxing – winning or losing whatever you do, practicing or playing matches, visiting things it’s something you can all do as a family. It is something I didn’t do early on in my career and now it’s a totally different ball game and I really enjoy it.”
Feeding wild dolphins has been a feature of Tangalooma Island Resort for more than three decades and Roger Federer clearly enjoyed it.

“I definitely think it’s a very laid back, relaxing and nice place to visit,” he said, referring to Queensland and to Tangalooma Island Resort.

“This is definitely a part of Australia that you have to come see …. beautiful beaches, the climate’s nice (and) people are super friendly. Queensland is, I think, one of the better places on the planet. I’m happy I can start the season here and for those who like to travel I would suggest you come visit yourself.”

But as always tennis is his focus and Federer’s already thinking beyond the Brisbane title.

“I would love to win the Australian Open. No doubt it would get me really close to world number one. Plus I would win another grand slam. If that would be possible, I would dream of winning Wimbledon once more but I want to stay healthy and play good tennis and enjoy myself, which I really did last year.”

Federer is men’s number one seed at the Brisbane International and Maria Sharapova is the women’s

The tournament began on the 4th January and finishes on the 11th January.

Roger Federer is rested and ready for his campaign after feeding the wild dolphins just off the coast of Brisbane in Queensland.

Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC)

Wedged between terrestrial and marine national parks, Tangalooma Island Resort offers guests wondrous ways to explore and re-connect with nature. The continued conservation of rare and threatened flora, fauna and marine life that inhabit the island and its surrounds has long been a priority for the resort. Extensive efforts to protect the local environment and its wildlife have endured over 30-years and are now undertaken through the eco-certified Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC). The centre’s team of eco rangers performs animal rescues, manages its world renowned wild dolphin provisional feeding program, and conducts domestic and international educational programs.

More info: http://www.tangalooma.com/info/dolphin_feeding/tmecc/

For more information – Media Only Contact:

Vanessa Chew, Tourism and Events Queensland

E: vanessa.chew@queensland.com

M: +61 (0)405 238 153

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