x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Rafael Nadal in line for men's award

Rafael Nadal or Sebastian Vettel could be celebrating lifting another title in the capital after they were named among the nominees for the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards.

ABU DHABI // Rafael Nadal or Sebastian Vettel could be celebrating lifting another title in the capital next month after they were named among the nominees for the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards at Emirates Palace hotel.

Nadal, who won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship earlier this month, is in the running for his second prize in the men's competition.

He is up against Vettel, the German who clinched the Formula One drivers' championship in thrilling style at Yas Marina Circuit in November. Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxer, Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, and Barcelona footballers Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi have also been nominated.

Serena Williams, the three-time winner, is up against fellow tennis players Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki; Lindsey Vonn, the American skier, Jessica Ennis, the British heptathlete, and Blanka Vlasic, the Croatian high jumper.

The Laureus World Team of the Year category looks to be one of the most competitive ever. The Spain World Cup team's first title in South Africa will make them strong contenders, but also nominated are the European Ryder Cup team, Inter Milan, the European Champions League winners who also won the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi last month, the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA winners, the Red Bull F1 team and the New Zealand rugby union team.

"This has been a great year for sport and the Academy are going to find it extremely difficult to decide who to vote for as winners," Edwin Moses, the Laureus World Sports Academy chairman, said.

"We have had several massive events in 2010 - notably the Fifa World Cup and the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and that has been reflected in the nominations.

"There has been a host of amazing individual and team performances and I congratulate all the nominees and now we look forward to what should be a great awards ceremony next month in Abu Dhabi."

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Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Kobe Bryant (US) Basketball

Andres Iniesta (Spain) Football

Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football

Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis

Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) Boxing

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Motor Racing

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Kim Clijsters (Belgium) Tennis

Jessica Ennis (UK) Athletics

Blanka Vlasic (Croatia) Athletics

Lindsey Vonn (US) Alpine Skiing

Serena Williams (US) Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) Tennis

Laureus World Team of the Year

All Blacks (New Zealand) Rugby

European Ryder Cup Team

Inter Milan (Italy) Football

Los Angeles Lakers (US) Basketball

Red Bull Formula One Team (Austria)

Spain World Cup Team

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Martin Kaymer (Germany) Golf

Christophe Lemaitre (France) Athletics

Matteo Manassero (Italy) Golf

Thomas Müller (Germany) Football

Louis Oosthuizen (S. Africa) Golf

Teddy Tamgho (France) Athletics

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Paula Creamer (US) Golf

Tyson Gay (US) Athletics

Justine Henin (Belgium) Tennis

Carolina Kluft (Sweden) Athletics

Merlene Ottey (Slovenia) Athletics

Valentino Rossi (Italy) Motor Cycling

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Verena Bentele (Germany) Skiing / Biathlon

Matt Cowdrey (Australia) Swimming

Daniel Dias (Brazil) Swimming

Jakub Krako (Slovakia) Alpine Skiing

Esther Vergeer (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis

Lauren Woolstencroft (Canada) Alpine Skiing

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Jamie Bestwick (UK) BMX

Victor Fernandez (Spain) Windsurfing

Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing

Levi Sherwood (New Zealand) Freestyle Moto-Cross

Kelly Slater (US) Surfing

Shaun White (US) Snowboarding