Rafael Nadal Receives Prestigious Award From Spain’s National Police For COVID-19 Efforts

Published 10/04/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 1: Rafael Nadal (ESP) speaks with press on Media Day ahead of the 2021 Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)


COVID-19 wreaked havoc around the world, to say the least. The lockdowns and unfortunate medical expenses affected people from lower-income backgrounds much more than in affected the wealthy sections of the society. Fortunately, there is still good in the world, which was evident from how many celebrities around the world took it upon themselves to help their communities in these tough times. One such celebrity was tennis legend Rafael Nadal.

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And his efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Recently, he received a Police Merit Medal from the National Police at the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels in La Misericordia located in Palma, Balearics. The Spaniard was honored with the medal for his collaboration with the community of Spain during difficult times brought on by the pandemic.

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Rafael Nadal honored with Police Merit Medal

Apart from tennis, Rafael Nadal has always provided constant support to Spain and its community. Recently, the former World No.1 was honored with Police Merit Medal. The National Police honored Rafael Nadal on the occasion of the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels in Palma, Balearics.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third round match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin REUTERS/Juan Medina

Rafael Nadal has always stood up for Spain and its community. During the challenging times of Covid-19, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol started a campaign and raised money to fight against the pandemic. With solidarity and teamwork, the pair managed to raise more than €14m amount. Apart from Nadal and Gasol, many other athletes also got inspired and joined the campaign.

Rafael Nadal earned the medal for his contributions to the Spanish community as well as his commitment and never quest for excellence on the tennis court.

The Spaniard was among 46 persons recognized by the group, with the majority of them being police officers. The medals were presented to respected people in honor of the services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spaniard’s injury update

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After his semi-finals defeat against Novak Djokovic, Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon as well as US Open. The Spaniard is presently recovering from his left foot injury. And Toni Nadal recently gave an important update on this issue.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts in his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day eleven of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

” he said to Antena2RCN.

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Nadal is currently tied at 20-Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Moreover, the Big Three will play for their record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2022.

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Atri Bhatt

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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 analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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