Roberto Bautista Agut Picks Michael Jordon Alongside Countrymen Rafael Nadal and Sergio Ramos as Top Athletes

Published 12/02/2020, 6:37 AM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut recently revealed his top three sports people list, and the exclusive club includes Michael Jordan. Jordon is accompanied by countrymen Sergio Ramos and rival Rafael Nadal.

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In conversation with the ATP, Agut was asked about his top three sports people and he named Sergio Ramos, Michael Jordan and Rafael Nadal.

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Among the tennis players, Bautista Agut isn’t the first one to rate basketball legend Michael Jordan highly. Many of his competitors like Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios have said a lot about Michael Jordan.

Roger Federer in an earlier interview had placed Jordon as his inspiration alongside tennis greats, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. Federer had said:

“He was more of a hero for me growing up like Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg were. He was one of those iconic idols for me that I looked up to… Jordan was different because I looked up to him and he was so smooth. Everything about him was just easy-going, relaxed, and in control. I like that about him.”

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is an avid basketball fan, and even he had a lot of say about Jordon. Kyrgios hailed Jordon for bringing basketball and NBA to the forefront and said, “What [Michael Jordan] did for the sport, what that ‘Dream Team’ did – It put NBA on the map globally and made people actually take note of how cool basketball is. I think what Jordan has done for the sport is insane,”

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Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut were part of the Davis Cup winning Spain side in 2019

Roberto Bautista Agut lifts the Davis Cup trophy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The other two athletes that Bautista Agut named were soccer player Sergio Ramos and Rafael Nadal. Sergio Ramos. Ramos captains the Spain National Team as well as the Spanish soccer club, Real Madrid. In a career that has spanned over 17 years, Ramos has accumulated 25 trophies for both club and country.

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Bautista Agut has a special connection with Rafa Nadal. The two were part of the victorious 2019 Davis Cup team. They both participated as senior members and guided Spain towards the Davis Cup triumph.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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