Nole won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in 2012 and 2015.Awarded to the sportsman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement – such as consecutive or multiple world, continental, international or national and major championship titles or the establishment of world records or best performances.
Won three Grand Slams – Australian, Wimbledon and US Open – and was finalist in the French Open. He is only the third man to reach all four finals in the same year. The world No.1 is also the first man to win six Masters 1000 events in one year. In 2015 he reached 15 consecutive finals, won 11 titles, had 82 wins and just six defeats.
The Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of April 18 at the Messe Berlin Palais am Funkturm, Berlin.
The other nominees are:
Confirmed once again he is the greatest sprinter of all time by successfully defending his 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres titles at the World Championships in Beijing. He is now the most successful athlete in the 32-year history of the event. In total he has won 17 world and Olympic gold medals Won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Played a crucial role in the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Championship win in 2014/15. He was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, finishing the season with 286 three-pointers, which helped the Warriors to a franchise-record 67 wins. He has continued to play well in 2015/16, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan to score 118 points in the first three games of a season.
Secured his second straight Formula One World Championship and his third overall, at the United States Grand Prix, winning the title with three races still remaining. Driving for the dominant Mercedes AMG Petronas team, he won ten Grand Prix during the year, had seven additional podium finishes, 11 pole positions and eight fastest laps. Won the Laureus World Breakthrough Award in 2008.
Winner of the Ballon d’Or/World Player of the Year Award for a fifth time. The charismatic Argentinian striker played a crucial role in FC Barcelona’s outstanding 2014/15 season, in which the Spanish team won the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey treble. Among his 43 goals in La Liga, he scored a record 32nd hat-trick for Barcelona. This is the fifth time he has been nominated.
At the age of 21, Jordan Spieth made a remarkable impact, winning two Major Championships – the Masters and the US Open – and becoming No.1 in the world rankings. He tied the Masters record of 270 (18-under-par), set by Tiger Woods in 1997, and was the second youngest winner behind Woods. He also became the youngest winner of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923