Rafael Nadal is among the nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.
After winning the prestigious award for achievements in 2011 and 2021, the 22-time Grand Slam champion is once again among the world’s greatest sports stars.
Rafa leads the men’s nominations along with Lionel Messi (Football), Max Verstappen (Formula 1), Mondo Duplantis (Athletics) and Kylian Mbappé (Football).
Won the Australian Open and the French Open, his 21st and 22nd career Grand Slam victories to surpass Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the winner of most men’s singles major titles. His French Open win was a record 14th. After winning the 2022 Australian Open, he became the fourth man, along with Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Novak Djokovic, to win all four majors at least twice – the Double Career Grand Slam.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which are given annually since 2000, recognise outstanding sporting achievements during the previous calendar year.
The winners will be selected by the Laureus Academy, comprised of 71 retired legends of sport, and revealed at the 2023 Laureus World Sports Awards in the Spring.