Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem are among the definitive candidates for the 2021 Laureus Awards, which in this year’s edition will be announced in May and delivered virtually, without the usual gala, due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Nadal is one of the six definitive candidates for best athlete of the year, an award he already received in 2011, edition in which the award for the best team went to the Spanish soccer team after being proclaimed world champion in South Africa 2010. Therefore, it aspires to relieve the Argentine Leo Messi and the British Lewis Hamilton in the honor roll, since both were declared winners .
Among the ladies, the candidates to relieve the American gymnast Simon Biles are the Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen, the Italian skier Federica Brignone, the Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei, lJapanese tennis player Naomi Osaka (best revelation in 2019), French soccer player Wendie Renard and American basketball player Breanna Stewart.
In the reveal section, both the Polish Iga Swiatek (2020 Roland Garros champion) and the Austrian Dominic Thiem (2020 US Open champion) are nominated.
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