“It’s Been Tough for Everybody”: Rafael Nadal Reveals Positives From 2020 in Xmas Message

Published 12/23/2020, 12:00 PM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his match win over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on day ten of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has posted a special Christmas message for his fans on Twitter.


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Rafael Nadal hopes people celebrate Christmas as they should

Auto giant KIA, which has a big-money endorsement deal with Nadal, posted a video on its Spanish Twitter page where the 20-time Grand Slam champion is heard wishing that everyone gets to celebrate Christmas as it should be.


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The Spaniard says that this year has been especially tough on everyone, but he hopes people still find some joy and festive cheer at the end of it through Christmas.

“Hello everybody! First of all, I hope that you all are healthy and able to celebrate this Xmas time as it deserves. It’s been a very difficult year, very weird and I think it’s been very tough for everybody,” Nadal says in the video.

Nadal reveals KIA deal extended till 2025

He said that while the said trail of events this year affected him as deeply as it did others around the world, he will gladly take a few positives that come his way and move into the new season.

Despite being emotionally overwrought by how the pandemic ravaged his homeland, Nadal won his 13th French Open title this year, tying him with Roger Federer for the most number of Grand Slam trophies.

He also sealed a fresh deal with the South Korean car-maker, tying him with the firm till 2025.


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“Personally though, I’ll take some of the positives I’ve been able to live with this year, as has been to be able to win RG (Roland-Garros) again or to extend my partnership with KIA till 2025, which is very special to me since we’ve been together for almost a lifetime and are very close to the silver anniversary,” the Spaniard says.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal hopes for happy festive tidings for all

Wishing all his fans good health amid the pandemic, Nadal says he hopes Christmas and New Year will bring a lot of good tidings to their lives.

“I also want to take advantage of this message to wish you all the very best for 2021, above all lots of health, and I hope the new year brings a lot of joy to all of you. A big hug!” the Spaniard says.


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In a recent chat with children supported by his foundation, Nadal revealed his headspace going into the French Open.


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He said it was hard to focus on tennis as the pandemic stalked his homeland, adding that he did his bit to stand with those affected and help them in their hour of need.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.