Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are nominees in the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards, the association declared Wednesday.
Nadal is one of six nominees for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, joining Joshua Cheptegei, Armand Duplantis, Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James and Roberto Lewandowski. The Spanish whiz won the renowned honor in 2011. He has been designated on four different events (2009, 2014, 2018, 2020).
“Thank you to everyone in the media for giving me this nomination. It was great to win my 13th @rolandgarros and my 20th Grand Slam in 2020,” Nadal tweeted. “May the best one win, but thanks anyhow for this nomination. Always an honour.”
In 2020, Nadal asserted a record-extending 13th Roland Garros title. The triumph put him in a bind with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam singles titles in history with 20.
Thiem, who arrived at a vocation high No. 3 in the FedEx ATP Rankings in 2020, was designated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award close by Ansu Fati, Patrick Mahomes, Joan Mir, Tadej Pogacar and Iga Swiatek. The Austrian won his first Grand Slam title finally year’s US Open.
“Thank you @Laureussport for the nomination!” Thiem tweeted. “It was a dream come true to win my first Grand Slam title last year! Now seeing my name on the nominee’s list together with so many great athletes is a true honour!”