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A trio of Grand Slam champions—top-ranked Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber and Juan Martin del Potro—have been nominated for the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Novak Djokovic, a three-time Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award winner, announced the 2017 Sportsman of the Year honorees via video.

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Wimbledon winner Murray, who beat Djokovic to clinch the year-end world No. 1 ranking last November, headlines the list of 2017 World Sportsman of the Year nominees that includes soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Olympic gold-medal champion sprinter Usain Bolt, already a three-time Laureus winner, 5k and 10k Olympic champion Mo Farah and NBA All Stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

Reigning Australian Open and US Open champion Kerber is nominated for Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year honors alongside American Olympians Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Allyson Felix, Jamaican sprint star Elaine Thompson and British cyclist Laura Kenny.


Del Potro, who defeated both Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the Olympic silver medal and later led Argentina to its first Davis Cup championship in history, is up for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.




It's a deep category that features American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian ever, who won
 five golds and a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Others selected by the media are Spain’s high jumper Ruth Beitia, British show jumper Nick Skelton, Mauritius triathlete and Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal.

Photo credit: Stephen White/CameraSport

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