Djokovic aiming to equal Federer because the athlete with most Laureus awards

Madrid will take heart stage as the worldwide capital of sport on Monday, April 22, as the distinguished Laureus Awards celebrates its twenty fifth version on the Cibeles Palace.

A number of sports activities stars will grace the pink carpet for this annual awards ceremony that honors excellent sportsmen and girls from all over the world.

Novak Djokovic drains a three-pointer, completely imitating LeBron James’ shot, on the Lakers’ area

Forward of the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open on the Caja Mgica, tennis will characteristic prominently with Novak Djokovic poised as a key determine. The world primary is vying for his fifth Laureus Award, aiming to match Roger Federer’s report as essentially the most adorned male sportsman on this class.

Djokovic beforehand clinched the award in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2019. His distinctive efficiency in 2023, highlighted by seven titles together with three Grand Slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, and US Open) together with victory on the ATP Finals, earned him one other nomination. Djokovic was additionally a Wimbledon finalist and completed the 12 months because the world’s top-ranked participant for the eighth time.

Tennis has been a daily characteristic on the occasion

The ‘Massive Three’ of tennis –Djokovic, Federer, and Rafael Nadal– have dominated this Laureus class, with Nadal being the newest tennis participant to win in 2021 (his second Laureus after 2011).

This 12 months, Djokovic faces robust competitors from fellow nominees Lionel Messi, a two-time winner (2020 and 2023), and Formulation 1 driver Max Verstappen, who secured the award in 2022.

Athletics is represented by Armand Duplantis, the pole vault world report holder and a nominee in 2021 and 2023, alongside Noah Lyles, a triple world gold medalist (100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay), each looking for their first Laureus statuette. Norwegian soccer sensation Erling Haaland additionally represents soccer among the many nominees.

“It is an honor to be nominated for the Laureus Sportsman of the 12 months Award. A particular group to be part of,” commented Djokovic upon the announcement of the nominations.

Tennis is additional acknowledged in a number of classes on the Laureus Awards. Iga Swiatek represents within the ladies’s class, whereas Coco Gauff is nominated for revelation, Marketa Vondrousova for greatest comeback, and Diede de Groot for the Paralympic class. Moreover, the Rafa Nadal Basis is in competition for the ‘Sports activities for Good’ award.

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