Laureus Awards 2019

Laureus Awards 2019: Djokovic, Halep, Kerber headline big tennis showing for sporting Oscars

Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber are among the top tennis stars nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
Novak Djokovic
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (Photo: Marianne Bevis)

Tennis has always featured strongly in the ‘Oscars of Sport’, the Laureus World Sports Awards, and this year is no exception.

World No1 Novak Djokovic is in the Sportsman of the Year shortlist, Nos 1 and 2 Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber are both nominated in the Sportswoman of the Year list, Naomi Osaka is in the Breakthrough category, and Diede de Groot is in the Disability shortlist.

Football is also well represented. World Cup winners France are in contention for Team of the Year, while stars of the tournament Kylian Mbappé and Luka Modric receive nominations in the Sportsman category.

Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games medallists also feature heavily, with Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin nominated for Sportswoman of the Year, the Norway Winter Olympic Team recognised in the Team category, and Sophia Goggia listed among the nominees for Breakthrough of the Year.

In contention for the Comeback of the Year are Winter Olympic medallists Yuzuru Hanyu, Mark McMorris, Bibian Mentel-Spee, and Lindsey Vonn, while Paralympic gold medallists Henrieta Farkasova, Brian McKeever and Oksana Masters are nominated for the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

British nominees

There are just two British nominations this year: Lewis Hamilton and Geraint Thomas.

Hamilton won 11 Grand Prix during the year and, with fellow driver Valtteri Bottas, secured for Mercedes AMG Petronas their fifth straight Constructors World Championship and a nomination for the Team of the Year Award, which they won last year.

Also nominated is GB’s latest cycling hero, Geraint Thomas, winner of the Tour de France. Thomas first competed in the Tour in 2007 and finally won it in 2018, at the age of 32, and has been nominated for the Breakthrough of the Year Award.

List of nominees

The shortlists for the Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2018, are compiled from a ballot of the world’s sporting media. The winners are voted for by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 66 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time headed by Chairman Edwin Moses.

The winners will be revealed in Monaco on 18 February.

Laureus Sportsman of Year

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1

Lebron James, Basketball

Eliud Kipchoge, Athletics

Kylian Mbappe, Football

Luka Modric, Football

Laureus Sportswoman of Year

Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Simona Halep, Tennis

Angelique Kerber, Tennis

Ester Ledecka, Skiing/Snowboarding

Daniela Ryf, Ironman Triathlon

Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing

Laureus Breakthrough of Year

Ana Carrasco, Motor Cycling

Sofia Goggia, Skiing

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Athletics

Naomi Osaka, Tennis

Geraint Thomas, Cycling

Briana Williams, Athletics

Laureus Team of Year

European Ryder Cup Team, Golf

France Men’s Football Team

Golden State Warriors, Basketball

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team

Norway Winter Olympic Team

Real Madrid, Football

Laureus Comeback of Year

Yuzuru Hanyu, Figure Skating

Mark McMorris, Snowboarding

Bibian Mentel-Spee, Snowboarding

Vinish Phogat, Wrestling

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Tiger Woods, Golf

Laureus Sportsperson of Year with a Disability

Henrieta Farkasova, Skiing

Diede de Groot, Tennis

Brian McKeever, Cross-country Skiing

Oksana Masters, Cross-country Skiing

Grigorios Polychronidis, Boccia

Markus Rehm, Athletics

Laureus Action Sportsperson of Year

Maya Gabeira, Surfing

Anna Gasser, Snowboarding

Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing

Chloe Kim, Snowboarding

Gabriel Medina, Surfing

Shaun White, Snowboarding

While celebrating the greatest sporting successes of the year, the Laureus Awards Ceremony also showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 100 programmes, in around 40 countries.

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