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Muffin the Mule
May 22nd, 2006, 07:51 PM
BARCELONA, May 22 (Reuters) - Roger Federer reasserted his status on top of the sporting world on Monday by again winning the Sportsman of the Year title at the Laureus World Sports awards on a big night for tennis.

Croatian skier Janica Kostelic took the women's prize after an unprecedented fourth Winter Olympic gold, while Federer's compatriot Martina Hingis won the Comeback of the Year award, a day after her first singles title success in over four years.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Federer's great rival, was named Newcomer of the Year after 12 months in which the 19-year-old was crowned French Open champion and became unbeatable on clay.

Formula One constructors Renault won the team award, offering some consolation to losing nominee Fernando Alonso, who became the sport's youngest-ever champion.

Along with Alonso, Federer beat off competition from seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Brazil's Ronaldinho, two-time winner Tiger Woods, and Italian motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi, who picked up a Spirit of Sport award after three fruitless years as a contender.

Federer, who goes to the French Open on Sunday aiming to become the first man since 1969 to hold all four grand slams, also won the Laureus award in Estoril 12 months ago -- when he was the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion.

With the Australian Open title also in his possession now, the powerful frame of Nadal is likely to be his greatest obstacle to glory at Roland Garros.

Hingis, who quit tennis in 2002 after chronic injuries and a decline hastened by the emergence of power-players like the Williams sisters, has confounded the doubters since her comeback from self-imposed exile in December and on Sunday swept to victory at the Italian Open.

"I'm very impressed. Here she is, (in the) top 15 after five months. She breaks all the records she sets herself. She doesn't just say, she does it too," Federer said before the awards were announced.

South African wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk, with a fifth straight win at the Boston Marathon, won the disabled sportspersons award.

Angelo d'Arrigo, the Italian hang-glider known as the 'Human Condor' who was killed in an air crash in March, was posthumously given the alternative sportsperson's award.

The King of Spain and Hollywood celebrities such as Morgan Freeman and Teri Hatcher rubbed shoulders with the likes of Australian cricketer Shane Warne and German tennis great Boris Becker.

In a city still suffering the hangover of Barcelona's Champions League win last Wednesday, former club player and coach Johan Cruyff was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to football.

Kostelic, who won the women's combined event at the Turin Olympics, beat off rivals including Yelena Isinbayeva, the first woman to pole vault over five metres, U.S. Open tennis champion Kim Clijsters, and ex-winner, Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam.

The awards are decided by a jury of 40 of the greatest sportsmen and women of all time, from a shortlist put together by a panel of journalists from around the world.

The awards are twinned with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a charitable venture seeking to assist the underprivileged and needy around the world.

Well done Martina!!! :)

tennismaster8820
May 22nd, 2006, 07:56 PM
I'm so happy for Janica, she realy deserved it this time!!!!!!!!

Melusine
May 22nd, 2006, 08:12 PM
Bit strange Martina wins it, since it is a 2005 award

(I'm not saying what she's doing isn't great, but it's rather 2006, no)

xin_hui
May 22nd, 2006, 08:20 PM
martina won it for a 2 months performance in 2006?

DarkchildSwiss
May 22nd, 2006, 08:23 PM
Congrats to Janica, Marti and Roger.

Come-on-kim
May 22nd, 2006, 08:41 PM
Kim should have won the Comeback of the year.... but well... I suppose present as more weight than last year. It's nice martina won it tho

No.1Hingis
May 22nd, 2006, 10:19 PM
Well.. she was nominated.. so.. I guess cause her comeback landed so fast in the year.. but I think after yesterday.. she deserve it.. good days from Hingis fans.. maybe Kim deserve it too.. but.. both are great players.. Martina Congrats!!!... Nice from 200 or more rank.. jump places so fast.. to 2 tittles at time, today 14 in rank, seed from RG.. need more?

tennnisfannn
May 22nd, 2006, 11:12 PM
It tis too soon for a martina award, she wins it for 2006 no doubt.

lucashg
May 22nd, 2006, 11:52 PM
Hingis will continue to be successful this year, so I think they should have postponned that award win for her for next year's edition. From "February 2005 to February 2006", Kim definitely deserved it. And Justine right after her.

They should have aknowledged the great comebacks made by the Belgians. Next year it'll be Serena and Jennifer hopefully! :)

PLP
May 23rd, 2006, 12:20 AM
:bounce: Congrats Martina!!! :bounce:

cs0803
May 23rd, 2006, 12:22 AM
Well done martina! Although I really think Kim should have one!

Martian Stacey
May 23rd, 2006, 01:34 AM
Bit strange Martina wins it, since it is a 2005 award

(I'm not saying what she's doing isn't great, but it's rather 2006, no)
thats what i was thinking :scratch: i would have thought Kim should get this one.

but congrats to Martina all the same :) :bigclap:

RatedR Superstar
May 23rd, 2006, 02:55 AM
well good for her, she deserves it anyway :D :worship:

iPatty
May 23rd, 2006, 02:56 AM
Congrats, Martina! Was this really a 2005 award? :tape:

Veritas
May 23rd, 2006, 05:34 AM
martina won it for a 2 months performance in 2006?

No, Martina won it for surging back into the top-end of the rankings after a 4 year layoff.

go hingis
May 23rd, 2006, 05:40 AM
Congrats Martina, was it an event or where the winners just announced?

xin_hui
May 23rd, 2006, 07:32 AM
No, Martina won it for surging back into the top-end of the rankings after a 4 year layoff.

well, the deadline was till the end of feb, 2006. so yes, it was a two months performance that was taken into account

Jenny.C.Fan
May 23rd, 2006, 08:54 AM
Congrats Janica, your really deserved it :)

hingis-seles
May 23rd, 2006, 09:45 AM
Congrats Martina, was it an event or where the winners just announced?

It's an event. :)

SvetaPleaseWin.
May 23rd, 2006, 11:14 AM
hingis should have won it in 2006 not this year-but never mind she deserves it

go hingis
May 24th, 2006, 03:19 AM
It's an event. :)

Thanks, was Martina there, was there any tennis players in attendance??

irinska
May 24th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Only Federer and Nadal were there, Martina is having a rest now.

stenen
May 24th, 2006, 11:09 AM
Bit strange Martina wins it, since it is a 2005 award


I agree. Martina shouldn't been nominated since it's a 2005 award. :o
It should have gone to Kim. Oh well one way to this award to lose its credibility as a great sports award is to pull stuff like this.

stenen
May 24th, 2006, 11:14 AM
well, the deadline was till the end of feb, 2006. so yes, it was a two months performance that was taken into account

Well Kim's performance up till end of Feb 2006 is a hell of lot more impressive than Martina's.

irinska
May 24th, 2006, 07:52 PM
Kim was out only for several months. It's nothing, the sportsmen from all over the world are having such "comebacks". A real comeback is something you do after 1.5-2 years at least. Otherwise it's just normal for the athletes to overcome such things.

anlavalle
May 24th, 2006, 08:06 PM
Kim was out only for several months. It's nothing, the sportsmen from all over the world are having such "comebacks". A real comeback is something you do after 1.5-2 years at least. Otherwise it's just normal for the athletes to overcome such things.


But Kim was nominated, didn`t she?, Martina doesn`t desrved it more than Kim.

xin_hui
May 25th, 2006, 05:46 AM
But Kim was nominated, didn`t she?, Martina doesn`t desrved it more than Kim.

kim was nominated

Hingie
May 25th, 2006, 11:42 AM
Well Kim's performance up till end of Feb 2006 is a hell of lot more impressive than Martina's.

As it should have been!

Sandra.P
May 25th, 2006, 03:31 PM
As much as I like Martina, I also think Kim should have won the comeback award!

saki
May 25th, 2006, 04:02 PM
Yeah, it was only given to Martina for 2 months worth of comeback but what a 2 months that was! Being out for three years and shooting back up the rankings, a QF appearance at the AO and a mixed doubles title there too is more impressive to me than a top ten player coming back after a few months of injury. In any other year, Kim would deserve it but Martina's comeback is a much bigger comeback.

Come-on-kim
May 25th, 2006, 05:13 PM
Yeah, it was only given to Martina for 2 months worth of comeback but what a 2 months that was! Being out for three years and shooting back up the rankings, a QF appearance at the AO and a mixed doubles title there too is more impressive to me than a top ten player coming back after a few months of injury. In any other year, Kim would deserve it but Martina's comeback is a much bigger comeback.
Kim wasn't even in the top-130 when she came back... She won two tier I back to back, she won a Grand Slam and achieved to be ranked 1st during her comeback year.

XaDavK_Kapri
May 25th, 2006, 05:20 PM
Yeah, it was only given to Martina for 2 months worth of comeback but what a 2 months that was! Being out for three years and shooting back up the rankings, a QF appearance at the AO and a mixed doubles title there too is more impressive to me than a top ten player coming back after a few months of injury. In any other year, Kim would deserve it but Martina's comeback is a much bigger comeback.
If I'm not mistaken, Kim was 297th before Antwerp... So going from 297th to 1st in a one-year span is pretty impressive... I'm very happy for Martina, but I think Kim deserved at least one of the awards she was nominated for.

RJWCapriati
May 25th, 2006, 05:20 PM
She deserves it!

Aquanetta
May 25th, 2006, 05:21 PM
Well Kim's performance up till end of Feb 2006 is a hell of lot more impressive than Martina's.

Pierce's 2005 performance was better as well.

xin_hui
May 25th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Pierce's 2005 performance was better as well.

what?

9 titles>>>2 titles
1 GS>>>2 GS finals
no2>>>no 5 (?)

anyway, moot point. we're talking laureus. mary wasnt nominated

GrandSlam05
May 25th, 2006, 05:59 PM
gurl tennis, I thought she meant that Mary's 2005>Martina's 2005. :shrug:

saki
May 25th, 2006, 06:17 PM
Kim wasn't even in the top-130 when she came back... She won two tier I back to back, she won a Grand Slam and achieved to be ranked 1st during her comeback year.

I'm not saying that what Kim did wasn't impressive, I'm just saying that I think Martina was more impressive. Martina went from not being ranked and not having played competitively in 3 years to where she is now. That's a bigger leap than the leap Kim made, even though Kim ended up higher than Martina is even right now. That's what a comeback award is about.

Patrick S
May 25th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Kajsa should have won the comeback award. She was undefeated the whole season inluding the world championships and set an indoor world record at the beginning of this year.

hingis-seles
May 25th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Martina went from NR to Top 40 after 5 events in two months. Not too shabby.

Denise4925
May 25th, 2006, 07:09 PM
Kim should have won this Comeback award for 2005. Kim's performance at the tourneys and her win at the US Open. What did Hingis do in 2005? I thought it was for 2005.

alfonsojose
May 25th, 2006, 08:11 PM
Kim should have won this :shrug: