Spanish Government Confers National Treasure Rafael Nadal With the Utmost Honor

Published 06/15/2022, 3:41 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal bites the trophy to celebrate after winning the men’s singles final against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Rafael Nadal has scripted more history after claiming an unbelievable 14th Roland Garros title in Paris two weeks ago. With the win, the Spaniard stands alone on top with 22 Grand Slam wins in a remarkable career.

The Spaniard has won every honor in tennis from reaching the World No. 1 ranking to winning the Davis Cup with his native Spain. At 36, Nadal doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon.


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Rafael Nadal receives rare honor from Spanish government

The 36-year old has been sensational over the years culminating in one of the greatest careers of all-time. With the win in Paris, the Spanish government has now decided to award Nadal with the Grand Cross of Naval Merit. In an official statement, it reads, For his extraordinary sports career, for his values on and off the fields.”(translated)

“For the affection he has shown to the Spanish Army forces, @RafaelNadal he has been distinguished with the great cross of naval merit at the proposal of the minister.” Nadal becomes the second civilian in history to be given the prestigious award.

This comes in the aftermath of Nadal being awarded the Community of Madrid’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Dos de Mayo in 2020.


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After a memorable win at Roland Garros, Nadal is a favorite for the Wimbledon crown later this month. Unfortunately, with a recurring foot injury there are major doubts about his participation. However, the Spaniard has taken home the first two Grand Slams for the first time since 2010.

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Nadal‘s return in Australia earlier this year stunned the world after a remarkable victory in the final. After a two month break, he returned to the clay courts but saved his best tennis for the place where he now has 14 Championships.


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The Spaniard will definitely look to stay ahead in the Grand Slam race with age catching up on him. Will the Spaniard increase this sensational tally in the coming months?



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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.