Tennis Trio Win Sporting Awards

Tennis Trio Win Sporting Awards Photo: TT
Tennis trio win Sporting Awards

Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, and Billie-Jean King have all been recognised in the annual Laureus Sporting Awards.

Osaka was named Sportswoman of the Year, recognising the fact that she not only won the US Open for the second time last September, but also honouring her for her advocacy. The Japanese player, who is of mixed heritage, wore a different face mask before every match of the tournament to commemorate different Afro-Americans who had been the alleged victims of police violence.

Nadal was named Sportsman of the Year for the second time, after wining his 13th French Open title in Paris last October. That brought him level with Roger Federers all-time Grand Slam record of 20 titles.

The Spaniard has previously also won Laureus awards for Breakthrough, and Comeback of the Year.

Meanwhile, King received the Lifetime Achievement award, not only for her exploits in the tennis court -0 she founded the ATA in 1973, and won 129 singles titles in her career but also for her role off it, and her lifelong devotion to gender and racial equality.

Another person to be honoured was seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.

He was the recipient of the inaugural Athlete advocate award, which has been brought in to reflect the wider impact that some athletes make on the society around them.

The seven-time Formula One champion took a knee on the grid, encouraged his Mercedes team to change their racing livery from silver to black, and made powerful anti-racism statements. He also began a programme to encourage more people from minority ethnic backgrounds to begin a career in engineering.

Meanwhile Mo Salah, the Liverpool footballer, and captain of the Egyptian national side, was given the Sporting Inspiration Award for the unique way that he has helped those in need and less fortunate than himself over many years.

The World Team of the Year Award went to Bayern Munich. Not only did they achieve a clean sweep of domestic honours, but they also won the Champions League as well, beating PSG in the final in Lisbon last August.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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