Arguably Spain’s greatest athlete, Rafael Nadal, will receive a tremendous honor as a token of appreciation for his achievements. Hailing from a picturesque island named Mallorca, Nadal’s large mural will be installed at the entrance of the city. The Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises came up with the idea to pay their tribute to the national hero.
The president of the PIMEM, Mateu Catala, revealed that the proposal will be registered with the Manacor City Council in the coming days. The Municipality believes that a mural of the 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will boost tourism and trade in the city.
“The outline for the proposal has just been finished. We want to compliment the placement of the image of the tennis player with a tribute to other world champions from the Municipality,” said Catala, in an interview.
Nadal’s mural will be placed at the roundabout beside the industrial estate on the road to Palma and will be a big tribute to the Spaniard’s legend. Despite enormous fame, Nadal still lives in Mallorca, a place he has lived since childhood, and continues to get spotted on the city’s beautiful beaches.
Interestingly, Nadal’s first ATP victory came at the 2002 Mallorca Open when he defeated Ramon Delgado in his first-round match. Through sheer determination and hard work, Nadal created history this month by becoming the fourth player in the Open Era to clock 1000 wins on the ATP Tour.
However, his biggest triumph this season was lifting the Roland Garros title for a record 13th time and equaling Roger Federer‘s record winning 20 major championships. Nadal defeated his arch-rival, Novak Djokovic, in the French Open final and won the tournament without losing a set.
Despite losing the Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of the ATP Nitto Finals, Nadal will now shift his focus to the 2021 Australian Open.