“Pure Embodiment of Strength”: French Open Photographer Describes Why Rafael Nadal is Awe-Inspiring to Photograph

Published 04/01/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
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 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


World No. 3 Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the ‘King of Clay’. His records speak for themselves, and stats reveal that there are hardly any players who can beat him on clay. The Spaniard has won 13 French Open titles so far in his career and has just lost twice in that Grand Slam to date.

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Recently, the photographers of the French Open described their experiences covering the Grand Slam. Some of them have been covering the mega tournament for quite a lot of time now and have become tennis enthusiasts as well. One of them is Emilie Hautier, who recently revealed her favorite tennis player, and it was unsurprisingly Rafael Nadal.

“Rafael Nadal is truly the most awe-inspiring to photograph,” said Hautier.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the men’s 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)

“Pure embodiment of strength”- Emilie Hautier on Rafael Nadal

Emilie also stated that Nadal was the pure embodiment of strength. According to her, he is also very visual, which also attracts her to click his pictures.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his Gentlemen’s Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014, in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“He is the pure embodiment of strength, very visual,” added the photographer.

There is hardly any player who has been able to dominate a surface like Rafa dominates clay. He has won about 60 tournaments there and is still continuing to maintain his hegemony on the surface.

Rafael Nadal didn’t take part in the Miami Open 2021 due to an injury. However, he hopes to recover soon and be back on the court before the upcoming clay-court season.

Pressure will certainly be high on the Spaniard, as he’ll be once again defending his title at the French Open 2021. Will Nadal be able to surpass Roger Federer in the Grand Slam tally 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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