WATCH: Rafael Nadal Unveils His 3metres Long Statue at French Open 2021

Published 05/27/2021, 1:09 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 25, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea


Twenty-time grand slam champion and a 13-time winner of the French Open title, Rafael Nadal is surely the best player to have ever graced the red dirt. Last year at Roland Garros, the Spaniard didn’t drop a set in all the seven matches.

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Nadal’s sheer dominance at the French Open will go down in the history books as one of the greatest heroic tales ever. Honoring his contributions in Paris, the French Federation of Tennis has decided to build a statue remembering the legacy of the Spaniard.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
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French Open organizers unveils Rafael Nadal statue ahead of the main draw

Today, before the main draw was announced, Guy Forget, the tournament organizer unveiled the statue of Nadal. The twenty-time grand slam champion was seen hitting his famous forehand drive in the statue.

It’s a great honor for the Spaniard to have a statue built for him at Roland Garros. If there’s a favorite to win the French Open for the next few years, it will be Rafael Nadal.

Coming to the main draw at Paris this year, Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard was handed a tough draw, and he might face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals itself.

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Here’s Nadal’s projected route to the finals:

1st Round: Alexei Popyrin
2nd Round: Hugo Gaston/Richard Gasquet
3rd Round: Lorenzo Sonego/ Cameron Norrie
4th Round: Jannik Sinner/Gael Monfils
Quarter-Finals: Andrey Rublev/Diego Schwartzman
Semi-Finals : Novak Djokovic/Roger Federer
Finals : Stefanos Tsitsipas/Dominic Thiem

From the looks of it, the draw appears incredibly tough for the Spaniard to achieve his 14th French Open title. But, considering the form Nadal is in heading into the tournament, it won’t be a miracle if he reaches the finals.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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