Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is the 2021 Laureus World Sportsman of the year, it’s official.
This is after he was announced as the winner by the organisers on Thursday evening, beating off competition from Ugandan long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei, Pole-Vaulter Armand Duplantis, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, NBA’s LeBron James and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to claim the prestigious award.
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To achieve that feat,Nadal won a record 13th French Open title in October, beating Novak Djokovic to bring him level with Rogers Federer on Career Grand Slam titles.
“I want to say thank you very much from the bottom of my heart to the Laureus Academy. I have had some amazing competitors,” Nadal said.
“The rest of the sportsmen probably deserve the trophy the same as me, but this was the year for me and I can’t be happier.” He added
This is the second time Nadal is winning this award, having also won it in 2011.
The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year.
This year’s award ceremony was a ‘virtual’ event due to the Coronavirus pandemic.