Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka have been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. The annual event, which highlights the excellence of sportsmen, sportswomen and teams, will take place on February 17 in Berlin.

Nadal is among those nominated for the sportsman of the year alongside Eliud Kipchoge, Lewis Hamilton, Lionel Messi, Marc Marquez and Tiger Woods.

The Spaniard’s nomination comes after a brilliant 2019 season which saw him win the French Open for a record-extending 12th time.

Then in September, Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam title with success at the US Open to put him just one behind Roger Federer.

And he ended the year as world No 1 and inspired Spain to Davis Cup success in Madrid.

Osaka is among the six nominees for the sportswoman award after winning the Australian Open last January.

It meant she became the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015 and she finished the year strongly with victories in the Pan Pacific Open and the China Open.

Bianca Andreescu is nominated for breakthrough of the year after winning her first Grand Slam at 19.

The Canadian became the first woman to win the US Open when she beat Serena Williams in the final.

Andreescu will be against fellow WTA star Coco Gauff, who stunned the tennis world when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon following wins over Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog aged just 15.

The American then claimed the first title of her career, when she won the Linz Open in Austria.

And to round off the tennis nominations, Andy Murray is up for comeback of the year.

The three-time Grand Slam returned from hip resurfacing surgery to win the doubles title at Queens and then in October beat Stan Wawrinka at the European Open.

Laureus Academy member Boris Becker said: “I never really expected to be making these comments about Andy, but it’s great that I can.

“He seemed to be on the point of retiring but over the years his fighting spirit has always been one of his strongest assets and that was evident in 2019. Not only did he get back playing on the circuit, but he won a tournament. That was an impressive achievement and he certainly deserves his nomination for the Laureus Comeback of the Year.”

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing

Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Athletics

Marc Marquez (Spain) Motor Cycling

Lionel Messi (Argentina) Football

Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis

Tiger Woods (USA) Golf

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Simone Biles (USA) Gymnastics

Allyson Felix (USA) Athletics

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics

Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis

Megan Rapinoe (USA) Football

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Bianca Andreescu (Canada) Tennis

Egan Bernal (Colombia) Cycling

Coco Gauff (USA) Tennis

Japan Men’s Rugby Team

Andy Ruiz Jr (USA) Boxing

Regan Smith (USA) Swimming

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Nathan Adrian (USA) Swimming

Sophia Florsch (Germany) Motor Racing

Christian Lealiifano (Australia) Rugby

Kawhi Leonard (USA) Basketball

Liverpool (UK) Football

Andy Murray (UK) Tennis

source: express.co.uk

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