American magazine Sports Illustrated released its nominees for their 2015 Sportsperson of the Year award. Tennis is represented by world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams who have both put together very deserving seasons.
But the magazine hasn’t given the honor to a tennis player since 1992 when Arthur Ashe was chosen for his humanitarian efforts. Chris Evert (1976) and Billie Jean King (1972) also won the award, but legends like Serena, Novak, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never won. And the criteria has always been somewhat murky – is it about what you did this season or is it about your career?
With Serena missing on the Grand Slam, Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh is thought to be the favorite this year. The award will be announced on December 14.
The 2015 Nominees:
-Kansas City Royals
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