Stefanos Tsitsipas was named as the best Greek athlete of the year. The Athens native, through a video message, said: "Hi. Unfortunately tonight I cannot see you. I am abroad but thank you very much, it's a huge honor for me.
Very important to me that I was able to get this recognition. The best way to end the year. Many difficult times. A lot of stress. I will keep trying to give my best and be in the same situation or even better. Happy new year."
The NBA star Yiannis Antetokounbos and the swimmer Christian Golomeyev completed the podium. Republic's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said: "A role model for the younger generations. It takes talent and soul strength to get to the top and you also need to work.
I know how much you worked. You are an example for a generation of Greeks. Nothing happens by accident. Be strong and keep like this." Stefanos's father and coach Apostolos concluded: "It's a big time for us, for Stefanos and our family.
Great time for Greece. This prize is for everyone. It sends the message to keep trying. We never see the difficulties as obstacles but as challenges." Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals in November beating Dominic Thiem in the final.
Meanwhile, the Halle Open Tournament Director Ralf Weber spoke about Roger Federer's lifetime contract with the German event: "Roger is not just a player here. He is a part of the family. We have not thought yet about what can happen in the future but at the moment we enjoy him as a player."