Nadal, Serena Win Best Tennis Player Awards Over Federer, Djokovic, Clijsters

Written by: on 14th July 2011
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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams bested Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Li Na, and Caroline Wozniacki to win Best Tennis Player awards at the ESPY Awards.

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams bested Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Li Na, and Caroline Wozniacki to win Best Tennis Player awards at the ESPY Awards. Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory over Andy Murray of Britain in their semi final match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 01 July 2011. EPA/KERIM OKTEN  |

Rafael Nadal may have fallen to No. 2 in the rankings, but he was No. 1 again at the 19th Annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, besting Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the distinction of Best Male Tennis Player.

Serena Williams, who won in the category of Best Female Tennis Player, beat out fellow nominees Kim Clijsters, Li Na, and Caroline Wozniacki.

Nadal was also nominated for Best Male Athlete, but he lost out on that trophy to Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki became the first NBA player since Michael Jordan in 1993 to win the top honor.

Williams was nominated for Best Championship Performance for her showing at Wimbledon 2010, but Tim Thomas, who was nominated for the Stanley Cup Finals, nabbed the award.

Li Na, who was nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete, lost out to Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Chippers.

The ESPY Awards are held every year in LA to honor the best athletes and moments from the past year. This year’s ESPY Awards were hosted by Seth Meyers, and this year’s presenters included Justin Timberlake, Ryan Reynolds, Cee Lo Green, Brooklyn Decker, Jason Batemen, and Emmanuelle Chriqui, among others.

List of winners:

  • Best Male Athlete: Dirk Nowitzki, NBA
  • Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
  • Best Championship Performance: Tim Thomas, Stanley Cup Finals
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Best Record-Breaking Performance: Rory McIlroy, U.S. Open
  • Best Upset: VCU, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
  • Best Game: Eagles rally to beat the Giants, NFL
  • Best Moment: Roy Halladay Postseason No-Hitter, MLB
  • Best Team: Dallas Mavericks
  • Castrol Edge Performance Under Pressure Award: Arian Foster, Houston Texans
  • Best Sports Movie: “The Fighter”
  • Best Coach/Manager: Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks
  • Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
  • Best MLB Player: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
  • Best NHL Player: Tim Thomas, Boston
  • Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson
  • Best NBA Player: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
  • Best WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix
  • Best Fighter: Manny Pacquiao
  • Best Male Golfer: Rory McIlroy
  • Best Female Golfer: Cristie Kerr
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male College Athlete: Jimmer Fredette, BYU Basketball
  • Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut Basketball
  • Best Male Action Sport Athlete: Shaun White, Snowboarding
  • Best Female Action Sport Athlete: Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing
  • Best Jockey: John Velasquez
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Anthony Robles
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Mallory Weggemann
  • Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte
  • Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles
  • Best Track and Field Athlete: Tyson Gay




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