Rafael Nadal named 2013 United States Sports Academy Male Athlete of the Year

Rafael Nadal has racked up another athlete of the year award, this time from the United States Sports Academy. Rafa copped the male prize while the female award went to figure skater Yuna Kim.

Despite returning from a seven-month layoff because of a left knee injury, Nadal won two Grand Slam victories, beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic both times. The wins catapulted him to No. 1 over Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal is the Academy’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year.
Rafael Nadal is the Academy’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year.

Finishing second in the Male Athlete of the Year category was Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi. The third place winner was Usain Bolt. Online voting took place on the Academy’s website from Dec. 1-20 and was done in conjunction with NBC SportsRead more here.


  1. Even with all the awards and accolades, these doesn’t go to Rafa’s head. He’s dead serious in his practices and looking at the opponents, other than Djoker, is always Team Rafa consider as serious. That’s why 2013 has been such a successful year. Praying that this will be replicated in 2014 and beyond.

  2. Well, seeing that Novak has asked for help it seems that he and his team are the ones with critical issues. And…how much help Becker will give him? I’m not sure about it…..

  3. enough awards’, if you ask me. 2013 will be gone in the next 6 days! Rafa needs to get serious and build upon the legacy of 2013 to cement his unrivaled position as the only GOAT.
    For starters, how’s the Nadal team reacting to Djokovic’s hiring of Boris Becker as his head coach??

    these are critical issues that Team Nadal needs to square up with to avoid defeats in the hands of Team Djokovic, who seem 2 be well prepared for 2014.

  4. Viva Rafa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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