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Rafael Nadal receives two nominations for the ESPY Award 2011 – Tennis News
World number one, Rafael Nadal of Spain, got nominated for the 19th annual ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award, to be held on 13th July at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, United States, on Wednesday.
Currently reckoned as the best tennis player in the world, Nadal got nominated for two different categories for the ESPY Award, the first one being the Best Male Athlete and the other the Best Male Tennis Player.
The Spaniard's unmatchable successes during the last year have earned him two nominations for the prestigious award. Nadal proved his mettle throughout the last ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) season, winning three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in a single year. He took the French Open title in the summer of 2010 and then took Wimbledon Championships in the same month to continue his way to glory. The world number one then went on to clinch the US Open title to become the first player since the legendary Rod Laver, who won all the four Grand Slam championship titles in one calendar year.
Nadal complete his Career Grand Slam last year when he won the US Open for the first time, becoming the seventh male player to win all the four Grand Slam titles. The Spanish has won 10 Grand Slams so far in his career, with three of them coming in 2010, making him one of the most successful sportsmen of the year.
The prestigious ESPY Award is presented to distinguish the individual and team athletic achievements and other performances in the field of sports in a calendar year. The star-studded ceremony will be held on the evening of 13th of next month hosted by American actor and comedian, Seth Meyers.
The ESPY ceremony brings together top performers in sports from all over the globe to relive the unforgettable moments and acknowledging the leading performances and performers in during the past one year. Sans all around the world determine the winners of the awards by voting for them online at ESPN.com or facebook.com.
No doubt Nadal's gleaming performances with the racquet last year makes him one hot favourite for winning the award for the Best Male Tennis Player of the year and he might get the honour of wining the Best Male Athlete award as well. It all is up to the Nadal fans that how much they vote only for their beloved tennis star and take him to the glorious title on the night of 13th July.
Other nominees for the Best Male Tennis Player include Swiss maestro Roger Federer and Serbian juggernaut Novak Djokovic.