Rafael Nadal Would Take Away His Last French Open Title ‘To Erase Everything That Happened’

Published 05/07/2021, 3:22 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 31: Rafael Nadal of Spain announces his withdrawal from the Rolex Paris Masters due to an abdominal injury on October 31, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)


Tennis legend Rafael Nadal is known to be a humble person. After enjoying huge amounts of success, the Spaniard still maintains his core values and has not changed as an individual. It is this attitude of his that has helped him remain successful for so many years. 

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Recently, Nadal made an interesting revelation. He mentioned that he would give up his French Open title if it meant erasing all the unfortunate incidents that have hit humankind over the past year. The Spanish player was referring to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has caused severe loss to humanity all over the globe. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Albert Gea

Rafa stated, “I would take away that Roland Garros for being able to erase everything that happened. They have been hard times because many people have lost relatives, their jobs. Playing again was complicated because I didn’t really know if I wanted to go back or not. I missed the US Open, but I needed to make that decision. My preparation at Roland Garros was poor, and I hardly played tournaments.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Rafael Nadal was unsure of competing in the previous season

The effects of the pandemic lead to a major loss of human lives. Along with the loss of lives, people also lost their jobs and as a result, countries suffered economically on a large scale.

Considering the severity of what was happening, the Spaniard had to contemplate whether he wanted to hit the tennis courts during such a delicate period. He even skipped the US Open to prepare for Roland Garros.

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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

In the current season, the Mallorcan-born superstar won his 12th title at the ATP 500 Barcelona Open. Prior to that, he was handed a loss by Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo Masters. He is currently in Madrid, competing in the second ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event. 

After his stint in Madrid, he will proceed towards Rome, to compete at the ATP Italian Open. Following that, he will look to claim his 14th French Open title and surpass his rival and friend Roger Federer; the two are currently tied at 20 majors each. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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