Thursday, 2 December 2010
Rafael Nadal Is A Contender For The Laureus Award
ATP World Tour No. 1 Rafael Nadal joins a host of world class sportsmen challenging for the prestigious 2011 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.
The 24-year-old Nadal, who won the Laureus World Newcomer of the Year Award in 2006, faces stiff competition from the likes of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and footballers Lionel Messi, Diego Forlan and Andres Iniesta among others.
The names of the six Nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award will be announced in early January. They are voted upon by the Laureus Media Selection Panel. The winner, chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, will then be unveiled during a televised Awards Ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday, 7 February.
Nadal’s banner season has made him a strong contender to receive the award, which was won by Roger Federer between 2004-2007. The Spaniard won three seven tour-level titles, including three successive Grand Slam championships at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open. His victory at Flushing Meadows saw him become the seventh man to win the career Grand Slam. He finished the season as runner-up at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.