“Big Hug”: Rafael Nadal Sorrowfully Delivers the Message During Manuel Santana’s Last Rites

Published 12/13/2021, 12:44 PM EST
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Fourteen. Rafael Nadal of Spain in tears as he awaits the trophy presentation after his five set win against Danill Medvedev of Russia in the Men’s Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Just a couple of days ago, the tennis fraternity mourned the loss of legendary Spanish player Manuel Santana. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King, and many more expressed their condolences to Manolo’s family. On the occasion of Manuel Santana’s last rite, Rafael Nadal took to Twitter to deliver a sorrowful message.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Currently, Nadal is preparing to compete at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Rafa regretted not being able to attend the last rites as he was in Kuwait.

Rafael Nadal sends a heavy-hearted message

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The tennis world was in deep shock after hearing about the unfortunate death of Manuel Santana. The four-time Grand Slam winner was a legendary Spanish icon. Recently, Rafael Nadal took to Twitter to send a special message to Santana’s family.

“Message to Manolo Santana and his family, from Kuwait. I wish I could be there with you today. A big hug,” he wroteThe last rituals of Manolo Santana were performed today. Nadal is currently in Kuwait and soon will be participating in the Mubadala World Tennis championship.

In addition, Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, went to pay his respect to Manuel Santana. Not only Manolo was famous in tennis, but he was a well-known personality in the whole of Spain. Santana had learned the sport as a ball-boy and went on to become Spain’s greatest ever players.

Watch this story: The Journey of Roger Federer to the Elite Billionaire’s Club

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Nadal to make comeback after 4 months

The 20-time Major winner, Rafael Nadal, wasn’t present on the ATP Tour since the Washington Open because of a foot injury. Moreover, this year the Spaniard missed two Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon and US Open owing to his ailment.

NNEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during the fifth set of his Men’s Singles final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, Rafa is set to make return to professional tennis. He will be competing at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi before entering the first Grand Slam of 2022, the Australian Open. Nadal would be hoping to make a significant impact at the Happy Slam, as fans across the world are waiting to see him in action again.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

All You Need to Know About Tennis Trailblazer Manuel Santana Who Died at the Age of 83

about 1 month ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Atri Bhatt

492 articles

Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT