“National Tennis Day”: Spain Celebrates Rafael Nadal With a Special Honor

Published 06/18/2021, 12:47 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Rafael Nadal is a legend in Spain and has been a king of the sport. The 13 time French Open winner celebrated his 35th birthday on the June 3. The Royal Spanish Tennis Federation declared his birthday as the National Tennis Day in Spain. The board of directors of Real Federacion Espanola Tenis, governing body of tennis in Spain, unanimously took this decision today.

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The body had been thinking of implementing this plan for a long time. Jorge Mir Mayor, director of the Tennis Clubs of Real Club Jolaseta, promoted the idea. Alex Corretja voiced it during the broadcast of Nadal’s game at the Roland Garros on Eurosport.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Respect for Rafael Nadal and his birthday

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Nadal has been an icon for children and people around Spain. The National tennis day celebrates the player’s legacy and his achievements, more than anything else. The day involves the whole of Spain, celebrating tennis with different activities. The activities will involve male, female, children, differently abled and other people, playing different variations of tennis.

The idea for the National Tennis Day came during the French Open match between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet. The match took place on 3rd June, the Spaniard’s birthday. The idea spread around the world and was supported by Miguel Diaz as well, RFET’s President. “I was listening to Eurosport comments about Nadal’s game and I immediately understood that the idea was magnificentSpanish Tennis has a lot to celebrate. We have the most outstanding tennis player of all time. We are current Davis Cup champions and we are in the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup. I think, as I say, we have a lot to celebrate,” said Miguel.

The inauguration of the National Tennis Day will take place on June 3, 2022.

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Rafael Nadal lost the semifinal tie of the French Open against Novak Djokovic. As a result, Nadal has decided to pull out of the Wimbledon Championship and the Tokyo Olympic games. Citing injury precautions as the major reason, the Spaniard made the decision after a lot of thought put into it.

The world will be hoping for a strong comeback next year, from the former World No1.

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