Say what you want about tennis having trouble attracting a new generation of fans, but the folks at Nickelodeon must think that the sport still has some good mojo with young people. They announced the nominees for the first-ever Nick Kids Choice Sports Awards on Wednesday, and tennis was pretty well represented.
Serena Williams joined WNBA star Skylar Diggins with the most nominations, with Williams being nominated for “Best Female Athlete,” “Queen of Swag,” “Biggest Cannon” and, along with her sister Venus, “Superstar Siblings.” Young American Sloan Stephens took a nomination for favorite newcomer, while on the ATP side Rafael Nadal was nominated in the “Party Like A Superstar” category (for his on court celebrations, along with the likes of the salsa-dancing Victor Cruz of the NY Giants and others, while Novak Djokovic grabbed a nod for “Biggest Cannon” in deference to his powerhouse serve. The WTA also had another nominee in Maria Sharapova, who joined Serena in the “Queen of Swag” category for both her on court performace and her sense of style. The seven nominations for the sport of tennis were just as many as the NHL received from the elite selection panel, which included people like Cal Ripken Jr., Deon Sanders and Baron Davis, all of whom have been big supporters of tennis during their illustrious careers in other sports.
Hosted and executive produced by Michael Strahan (LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Fox NFL Sunday) Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 will be telecast live on Thursday, July 17 (8 pm ET/PT) from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Beginning June 12, kids will be able to cast their votes in 15 categories on Nick.com/sports. The full list is at http://www.nick.com/celebrity/news/kids-choice-sports-2014-nominees-list.html