Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty’s Achievements Nominated for Tennis Hall of Fame Awards

Published 04/28/2022, 11:24 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 31, 2022. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the men’s singles final with trophy as Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on. REUTERS/Morgan Sette

It was an action-packed start to the 2022 season for tennis. While off-court controversies involving Novak Djokovic made headlines in the first half, gripping tennis action occupied the other half. Fans were fortunate to witness some eye-catching tennis action during the Australian Open. Further, Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal ushered their dominance to clinch the title at the inaugural Grand Slam of the season.

Barty rejoiced at the home crowd with her amazing run Down Under. She defeated Danielle Collins in the summit clash to win her maiden Australian Open title and her third major title overall. On the other hand, Nadal showed tremendous grit and determination to come back from two sets down to win the summit clash against Daniil Medvedev in a five-setter thriller.

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The two received massive praises worldwide for their impressive campaigns Down Under. Recently, the duo has received yet another honor.

Good news for Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty

Australian Open 2022 victories of Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty have been nominated for the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame awards. Barty’s victory in the summit clash against Danielle Collins received a nomination in the ‘Moment of National Pride’ category. Meanwhile, Nadal’s epic come-from-behind victory has been nominated in the ‘Best Comeback Within a Match’ category.

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Barty will face competition from Andy Murray’s 2013 Wimbledon victory, David Hall’s 2000 Sydney Paralympics win, etc. Conversely, Nadal’s category has Jennifer Capriati’s victory over Martina Hingis at the Australian Open final in 2002. The voting for these awards is open and fans can vote on the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s official website.

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 29, 2022. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the final against. Danielle Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Earlier this year, Barty surprised one and all with her decision to retire from tennis at 25. Her announcement was more startling considering the fact that she was in her prime and had just won a Grand Slam title in front of her home crowd.

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On the contrary, Nadal has maintained his impressive start this season. He has won three titles this season before a brief injury break. However, the 35-year-old will be back to take part in the Madrid Open in his native country.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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