Wonderful Exchange! Tennis Star Rafael Nadal Shows Support for Compatriot Pau Gasol and Spanish Basketball Team at Tokyo Olympics

Published 07/29/2021, 9:38 AM EDT


Pau Gasol is undoubtedly one of the legends of Spanish basketball. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in the growth of the sport. In a country that is otherwise known to dominate sports like tennis and football, Gasol has kept basketball alive in Spain. He continues to play for his national side, and is currently featuring in the Tokyo Olympics.

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It is a known fact that Pau Gasol has earned millions of fans over the world for his prowess. Yet, one of his closest friends and biggest fans remains another icon. One of the greatest of all time in his sport, Rafael Nadal, has admired the way Gasol has carried himself on and off the court. The duo have known each other for many years, and continue to excel in their domains with the same passion.

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Rafael Nadal recently pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, and did not take part in the event. The 2008 gold medalist, however, is cheering on for his countrymen from home. The 41-year-old Gasol on the other hand, is with the Spanish side, looking to clinch a medal in Japan. And 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is watching from home with full fervor.

Nadal rooting for Gasol and co. at Tokyo Olympics

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The southpaw from Manacor has always put his country before everything else. Nadal will have been disheartened at his absence in the Olympic Games, but will continue to rile his countrymen on. And ahead of his side’s second basketball bout, Nadal wished them luck with an encouraging post of himself with the gorgeous red jersey.

 

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In a recent Instagram post, Nadal said “All my support to the Spanish basketball team. I’ll be following and cheering you on!!!!! Good luck!! Let’s go!!!!” Gasol, who also commented on the post, mentioned Nadal on his story, thanking him for the warm wishes. And the 35-year-old replied, “Grande Pau. Vamosssss. [Great Pau. Let’s gooooo.]”

The patriotism is on full scale at the moment, with countries battling it out for glory at the biggest sporting festival of them all. After an impressive opening victory, Spain will face Argentina and Slovenia for a place in the knockouts. They will be relying on Ricky Rubio and the Gasol duo to see them through. How far do you think Spain will go at Tokyo 2020?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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