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Emotional Rafael Nadal: ‘We will overcome these challenging times together’

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The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal experienced a challenging year, like the entire world plagued by the coronavirus. To help his country, one of the most affected ones by the pandemic, Rafa and his great friend Pau Gasol launched #NuestraMejorVictoria campaign, working closely with the #CruzRojaResponde project and gathering over 14 million euros for those who needed the help the most.

For his outstanding contributions on and off the court, Rafa received the Community of Madrid’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Dos de Mayo, on Thursday at the Real Casa de Correos. It is one of the most recognized awards in Spain, and the Manacor native earned it after showing his big heart outside the court and the warrior spirit against his opponents in tennis arenas.

Nadal became the 20-time Major champion at Roland Garros, overcoming all the obstacles to wrap up all seven matches in straight sets and write history at 34. Fifteen years after his first Major title, Nadal has caught Roger Federer’s Major tally, joining the great Swiss on 20 Major crowns and hoping to pass him in the season ahead of us.

Rafa will finish the season inside the top-2 for the record-breaking 12th time, experiencing another notable year despite the fact he didn’t pick a racquet in March and April. During the ceremony speech, Nadal expressed his gratitude towards all the people who have helped while battling against the pandemic, hoping for much better days for his beloved Spain.

Rafael Nadal received the Grand Cross of the Order of Dos de Mayo.
“First of all, I would like to remember the victims and families of this terrible pandemic we are going through. I think it affects us all in one way or another, but above all, those that have lost loved ones.

I want to say thank you to all the health workers, particularly in Madrid, a community that was severely affected in the first wave. I also want to appreciate the forces and State security organizations. I’m convinced that Spain will do what it has always been able to do; to come through tough and difficult circumstances, and this time will be no exception.

Thank you for this recognition; it is a real honor. I want to thank and share this distinction with the citizens of the Community of Madrid, a place that feels very close to my heart and where I always receive special affection.

I have enjoyed unforgettable moments, both personal and professional. We all owe a lot to this community because it has always been there for us. I hope that what we are going through now will soon be but a memory, and we can go back to sharing and enjoying the things that make us happy soon.

Hopefully, this will be over as quickly as possible. You’ve all made this an unforgettable day for me,” Rafael Nadal said.

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‘Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic’, says former No. 2

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How can you identify the greatest tennis player in the world? What are the parameters to take into consideration? All questions to which there is no real answer. The debate on the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) will probably never end and indeed with the recent victory at Roland Garros of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal will become even richer.

The Majorcan has now joined Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles while Novak Djokovic chases at 17. Recently, the strong Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic also spoke on the matter and he too declared that the debate on the GOAT will never end.

In conclusion it can be said that there are several additional factors to consider in the debate, beyond the Grand Slam count. Novak Djokovic was ‘literally thrashed’ by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, says Alex Corretja.

Corretja on the French Open final

“Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic,” Alex Corretja told sport.es. “And it should be remembered that the Serbian is the current number one in the world and that he has 17 Grand Slams to his credit.

“He defeated him at the most important moment and under the most adverse conditions”. Corretja also stressed just how big Nadal is in Spain, claiming no other Spanish athlete can match his popularity. “Without a doubt, he is the Spanish athlete with the largest number of followers in our country and the audiences support him.

The final had more than three and a half million viewers hooked on television to see Rafa’s new feat”. Rafael Nadal is respected and thought about a lot around the world. And for budding tennis players in Spain, Rafa is their inspiration.

Rafa’s academy in Mallorca, Spain is bringing up top talent into the tennis court. In his career or life, Rafa follows simple formulas to be who he is. The Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience is Rafa Nadal’s first and only trophy exhibition in which, in addition to collecting his 20 Grand Slam titles, highlights of his sporting career are collected from when he started playing tennis until today.

The tour is done through his trophies, but also through the shirts and shoes that Rafa won each of the Grand Slam finals in and played with throughout his career. In addition to knowing firsthand the results of one of the best tennis players in history, in the exhibition area visitors will be able to see the objects donated by some of the main figures in the history of world sport such as Michael Jordan, Fernando Alonso, Pau Gasol, Roger Federer, Mireia Belmonte, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others.

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Rafael Nadal: “Better that a sportsman does not deal with politics”

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The controversy arising from the words of the Swedish AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about LeBron James has caused a sensation in recent days. The experienced AC Milan player praised the qualities of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, but at the same time he stressed that as a basketball champion he only had to take care of that and not argue for political issues and that in any case they did not concern him.

LeBron James responded harshly in the conference, but during an interview with Veja the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, although in different contexts and not dealing with this, wanted to talk about this issue. Here are his words: “Why don’t I want to talk about politics? I am aware of the political situation and I talk about it a lot with my friends and with my team members, I am informed and have my own opinion like any other citizen.

However, I know that if I start talking about politics, everything I say will be taken from a certain context and would make me uncomfortable. For this reason I avoid talking about it, even if I think I have every right in the world to express my opinion.”

Rafael Nadal on his career and on Djokovic
The Spanish champion also stated: “COVID-19 struck me a lot, especially during the quarantine. I couldn’t and didn’t want to train, I didn’t want to do anything.
When we managed to get some situations I resumed training albeit with less intensity, always trying to avoid injuries.

It was a slow process that took place step by step. I changed my routine and the virus undoubtedly hit me. Training without knowing what the next tournament was going to be was tough, we didn’t have any goals. However, playing without an audience was really sad, but I think I adapted to the new situation at Roland Garros.”

On the behavior of Novak Djokovic during the pandemic Rafa declared: “I prefer to talk about how I have lived the last few months instead of judging what others are doing. It was very difficult to observe what was happening and especially about what was happening around me.

We live in a very strict quarantine with thousands of deaths, I remember that between April and June there were over 50 thousand deaths in Spain. I didn’t have the strength to do anything given the situation and I think that given the problems of so many countries it is impossible to relax.”

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Serena Williams looking hot and smart with her daughter Olympia for Stuart Weitzman. VIDEO

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Serena Williams loves spending time and posing with her lovely daughter Olympia. The world no.7 is partnering with Stuart Weitzman, helping to promote the Spring 2021 collection. Serena appeared in a photoshoot and really nice and cute video with Olympia or… the “mini-Serena.”

Serena and her daughter Olympia are inseparable. As per Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, they have never spent even 1 day apart and the former world no.1 travels around the world to play her tournaments only if Olympia can travel with her.

 

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