Congrats to Rafael Nadal who won the prestigious Laureus Sportsman of the Year award just hours ago in a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi.
In winning the Laureus, Nadal beat out the NBA’s Kobe Bryant, soccer star Lionel Messi, boxer Manny Pacquaio and others. It was Rafa’s second Laureus honor after he collected the Breakthrough Award in 2006. Nadal has been recovering from a torn thigh muscle suffered at the Australian Open almost two weeks ago.
WTA No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters were all nominated for the women’s award which went to American skier Lindsey Vonn.
Wozniacki was in attendance to present the disability award to Verena Bentele, a blind para-olympic skier.
The full list of winners:
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Rafael Nadal
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Lindsey Vonn
Laureus World Team of the Year: Spain World Cup Team
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Martin Kaymer
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Valentino Rossi
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Verena Bentele
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater
Here’s a few clips from the pre-event. In the first video, with his slicked back hair Nadal confirms that he will not play in Dubai.
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