Rafael Nadal Nominated for Prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Rafael Nadal has been nominated for the ‘Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year’ award in recognition of his achievements over the last 12 months.

Won two Grand Slam tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013, including a record 10th French Open, in which he only lost 35 games in seven matches. Also won his third US Open. He is now second on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners with 16, overtaking Pete Sampras. He finished the year as world No.1.

Rafa is nominated alongside Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, cyclist Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Roger Federer, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and world champion long distance runner Mo Farah.

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In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medallist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky, Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 27.

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For more information and to stay updated in the build up to the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, visit awards.laureus.com and follow #Laureus18 on social media platforms.

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21 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal Nominated for Prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

  1. A solid performance from Rafa! 40 winners and only 10 unforced errors!! Mayer played his part, challenging Rafa with his attacking tennis, but there was only ever going to be one winner!

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  2. Maria(England)

    Well done Rafa on a great match and good luck in the next round, and this year I’m certain you will be the one holding the trophy to your favourite tournament of the year😀 Great wins also for Tsonga and Wozniaki and Karl Edmund who is doing a grand Job in Andy’s absence

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  3. Fan love

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR STRIKING & WELL EARNED VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) BEAUTIFUL MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA OUR GREATEST EVER CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    You were so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Each point was classy and beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) We love you sweetheart and very very happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Enjoy a great evening & celebrate with your loved ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU HAD SO MANY BRILLIANT SHOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) RETURNING POWERFULLY FROM SO MANY ANGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART & ENJOY YOUR FIGHTING FEISTY COMPETITIVE PASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) THE CROWD IS BEHIND YOU AND LOVING EACH POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) THE UMPIRE IN MY OPINION IS NOT QUALIFIED TO COVER GS……AND MUST BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO 250 tours. IN EVERY MATCH HE MISSES CALLS. HE MISSES OUT BALLS. HE MISSES IN BALLS. HE IS WAY TOO SLOW TO DISPLAY ON GOING SCORES. HE APPEARS OUT OF FOCUS AND SEEMS TO NOT BE PAYING CLOSE ENOUGH ATTENTION. HE ALSO APPEARS RATHER INDIFFERENT TO HIS MISTAKES AND DOES NOT APPEAR MOTIVATED TO IMPROVE HIS LACKING UMPIRING SKILLS. THIS IS FRUSTRATING GIVEN THE ENORMOUS EFFORTS PLAYERS PUT FORTH ESPECIALLY IN GRAND SLAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    BUT BACK TO THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT…………..VAMOS SWEETHEART FOR WINNING THIS MATCH SO SKILLFULLY!!!!!!!!! : ) IT WAS EXCITING TO SEE YOU FIND CREATIVE WAYS AND SO BEAUTIFULLY KEEPING YOUR BLESSED SHARP FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU PLAYED UNBELIEVABLE TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ENJOY YOUR EFFORTS DEAR RAFA & CELEBRATE YOUR VERY SOLID TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE A LOVELY EVENING & A BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GOOD NIGHT & SWEET DREAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXO

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  4. Susie

    That was a good match – straight sets but score line misleading as to how exciting the match was. Rafa got through – 2 down and 5 to go!!

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    1. hearn fiona

      Yes, I told him Rafa 😀 bravo, you must continue . As last year, prayed for him until the end, all I could do. 😕 Of course we hope for him in the Laureus Sportsman of the year 😉 but I don t suppose we can vote. In Paris we are hoping for our Davis Cup Team in their category. 😉 Good luck. Fiona in Paris

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  5. Fan love

    One of the announcers said: ” WORLD’S BEST PLAYING HIS BEST” WE COMPLETELY LOVE HIS SHARP EYE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) You just beautifully won the 2nd SET Leading 6:3 6:4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) ci……ci……ci…….YOU ARE SO INCREDIBLY CREATIVE IN YOUR UNBELIEVABLE SOLUTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE SERVING BRILLIANTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) MOVING BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) and RETURNING SO POWERFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) LETS GO RAFA LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) LOVE YOU CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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  6. Fan love

    Announcer said he would LOVE to play with you so he can get a sense of your powerful returns…..and wisely thought he will probably last 51 minutes….: )
    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) LETS GO RAFA LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

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  7. Fan love

    YOU LOOK SO GOOD SLEEVELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

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  8. CanaDiana

    Congratulations on the nomination. What a battle you endured, overcoming injury
    and regaining confidence. Win or lose this award, you are an incredible champion🏆🏆🏆💪👍👏👏👑👊🎉

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  9. Fan love

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) YOU ARE BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Leading , winning 1st set 6:3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
    I LOVE THE TWO GREAT COMMENTATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) They analyze the match so intelligently….and have lots of solid familiarity with both players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Everything they say makes 100% sense and it is simply a pleasure to listen to them!!!!! One of them was saying Mayer lacks consistency within a match within a tour etc and accordingly saying that is why he does not manage to win much in ATP tours. As for you sweetheart, they are so incredibly RIGHT ON as well. They admire and respect your work ethic and preparation and YOUR SPEEDY BACK HAND RETURN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) They enjoy watching you as much as we do…..and it is a treat to enjoy their coverage along your brilliant playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : )_ : ) 😉 VAMOS SWEETHEART…..YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE and GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ): ) XOXOXOXO

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  10. Fan love

    What’s with this umpire delaying displaying Rafa’s winning score points???? He has done that from the very first point……and clearly, he does not do that with the other player, and HE II SO BAD AT HIS CALLS. I have seen that umpire do that before…..this is a cheep way of trying to annoy Rafa and us fans…..he better shape up or a complaint will be filed……Rafa keep going sweetheart and please place an official complaint after the match…. because this is not the first time this unprofessional bias umpire is playing around with delaying the score board of displaying your good points. GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HE ALSO MADE A POOR CALL AND BOTH ANNOUNCERS AGREED WITH YOU RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: )
    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXO

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  11. Maria(England)

    Congratulations Rafa , to you and Garbine for being nominated for this award and I wish you both luck for the 27th February and hope the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy make the right choice.

    You’re looking great out on court right now , wish I could watch the whole match but work beckons , make sure I come home to a great result😀

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  12. Fan love

    OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) BIG Congratulations on all your beautiful awards, nominations AND SUCCESS…. GOD BLESS YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 …. You are so special , very special and we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have a great time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) We are very happy for you and love watching you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) ci…..ci…..ci……!!!! : ) Have a beautiful afternoon and have lots of fun playing ! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 wi……wi…….wi…..It will be a great match for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) Enjoy everything sweetheart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lots of love & happiness & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXO

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  13. Ana the biggest fan to Rafa

    In every way you definitely Rafa should WIN .vamossssssssssss champ love 🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍❤️❤️❤️🇺🇸

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  14. Elaine Crowder

    Rafa I believe your sportsmanship and your overall qualities merit this award,

    in every way,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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