Rafael Nadal has been voted Laureus World Sportsman of the Year after his remarkable 2010 season, where he won Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open and finished as ATP World Tour No. 1 for second time in three years.
The Laureus World Sports Awards are among the most prestigious honours on the international sporting calendar with the winners chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, comprising 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time. The awards were announced at a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on 7 February, hosted by double Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and attended by guests from the worlds of sport and entertainment.
Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports almost 80 community projects around the world which have helped to improve the lives of more than one million young people through the use of sport.
This was the second time that Nadal had earned recognition from the jury, having been named Laureus World Newcomer of the Year Award in 2006. He was also nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in 2009. This year’s honour was in recognition of an outstanding campaign in 2010 where apart from the three Grand Slams, he also won consecutive ATP Masters 1000 titles at Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid and became the seventh man in history to complete a career Grand Slam, the youngest in the open era to win all four majors and the first player to win three consecutive Slams in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.
The evening was made even more special for Nadal when his friends on the Spanish football team were given the Laureus World Team of the Year Award following their victory at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.