Rafael Nadal is again at the forefront of leading the Spanish fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish athletes had already been doing tremendous work to help their country in these dire times.
In that series itself, ACB, which is the organization that organizes the Spanish Basketball league, came up with a novel initiative of their own. This would include players putting some of their trademark memorabilia from their careers up for auction. Of course, with no dearth of sports collectors out there, these would fetch a ton of money. The initiative was started in collaboration with Spanish actor Antonio Banderas.
The contribution earned would, in turn, help the Red Cross initiative being heavily supported by Rafael Nadal and NBA’s Pau Gasol. Rafa has chipped in with his own contribution towards this unique effort.
The Mallorcan will be putting his T-shirt from his victorious Roland Garros 2019 campaign up for auction. Notably, Rafa defeated Dominic Thiem in the finals to clinch his 12th title at the French Open. This put him at arm’s length of Roger Federer’s all-time grand slam record of 20 as he reached 19.
This is what Rafa had to say while announcing his decision –
“I don’t know if it was with this polo that I finished the match but it is one of the four or five that IIt’s a t-shirt that means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy it and that the bids will be as high as possible to raise as much money as possible for all those people who are suffering and who need our support.
Certainly, this will be a goldmine for the collectors. Rafa’s fans are always desperate to find his merchandise which is always very symbolic with his trademark bull. However, a T-shirt that was worn by Rafa himself that too for a legendary campaign would be nothing short of a treasure in your collection.
Up till this point, the Spanish star has been key to the front put up by Spanish athletes in tackling the pandemic. He popularized the Red Cross initiative along with Pau Gasol to raise a targeted sum of 11 million Euros.
His call received support from Spanish athletes across the spectrum. Stars like Andres Iniesta, Fernando Alonso and Garbine Muguruza helped his efforts. Rafa has truly turned out to be a living example of the perfect athlete.