“Love the Character”: French Olympic Basketball Player Picks Rafael Nadal as His Favorite Tennis Player

Published 05/18/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Rafael Nadal recently achieved ‘La Decima’ at the Italian Open 2021. The Spaniard defeated World No.1 Novak Djokovic in three sets in the finale to win the title. With this win, Rafa has reiterated why he is the ‘King of Clay’, having given Djokovic not too much of a chance to make a comeback. The final scoreline of the match 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

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In a recent interview, basketball legend and renowned commentator Jacques Monclar revealed his favorite tennis player. Unsurprisingly, it is none other than Rafael Nadal and he even cited the reasons for the same.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“Nadal!” roared Monclar. “In terms of humanity, in terms of humility, of a hard worker, who is a good guy, who does not bring her too much, who does not have the class of Federer, who does not have a whole country like Djoko behind him, I find it magnificent.”

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(Translated by Google Translate)

The commentator mentioned that Rafa is a hard-working and humble guy. He also stated that, unlike Novak Djokovic, he doesn’t have the support of the whole country but still manages to outshine his opponents. Interestingly, Monclar will be making his debut in tennis commentary at the Lyon Open 2021.

“Will end his career well rinsed”- Jacques Monclar on Rafael Nadal

Monclar highlighted that he used to love Rafa’s connection with his uncle Toni Nadal. The two won 16 Grand Slam titles together and are arguably the most successful tennis-coach pair in the history of the sport. Apart from this, he also professed his love for Rafa’s character and claimed that he will end his career on a great high.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021, against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“I loved his collaboration with his uncle. I love the character. He gives everything of himself. He will end his career well rinsed and will go to the hospital to rebuild his ankles, knees, and back, etc,” added the 64-year-old.

Even though many players are playing the lead-up tournaments on clay ahead of the French Open 2021, Rafael Nadal will head to Paris straight away. He has already won two clay-court tournaments this season and looks in amazing form. Will Rafa be able to lift his 14th French Open title this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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