“A True Honour”: Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka & Iga Swiatek React To Their Nomination For 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards


Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek
Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek

Several famed athletes are nominated for the 22nd annual Laureus World Sports Awards. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka, and Iga Swiatek were from the tennis world. 

Firstly, World No.2 Rafael Nadal, who tied Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam record when he won his 13th title at the French Open, has been nominated again for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. 

“Thank you to everyone in the Media for giving me this Nomination. It was great to win my 13th Roland Garros and my 20th Grand Slam last in 2020. It may be the best one to win, but thanks anyhow for this nomination. Always an honour,” the 34-years-old Spaniard wrote after being nominated.

Secondly, Four-time Grand Slam champion and World No.2 Naomi Osaka, winner of the Laureus Breakthrough Award in 2019, is nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, followed by her second US Open win.

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“It is an honour to be once again nominated for a Laureus Award by the world’s media. For me, this is special because Laureus sees the big picture – not just sport on the court or the pitch, but how it can help young people worldwide. This is a time that sport can make a big difference in so many ways and really help to change the world,” the Japanese said after being nominated for the second time. 

The Nominees For The Laureus World Breakthrough Of The Year Award 2021

The new Grand Slam winners Dominic Thiem and Iga Swiatek have been nominated for this year’s Laureus World Breakthrough of the year award.

While the 27-years-old Austrian lifted his first-ever Grand Slam at the US Open 2020, the 19-years-old Polish won her maiden major title during the 2020 French Open and became the first youngest woman singles winner at Roland Garros since 1992.

“Thank you, Laureus Sport, for the nomination! 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!” Thiem expressed on his Twitter handle after his first nomination. 

On the other hand, Swiatek went on to say, “I’m really happy. These kinds of things show people really see our achievements. It’s really motivating for me. Being in a group like that is an honour.”

Our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to our champions!

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