WATCH: Rafael Nadal Features in Sevilla FC ‘Never Surrender’ Christmas Campaign

Published 12/25/2020, 12:05 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Christmas has arrived! The exhaustive 2020 might have reached the end of the rope, but it has gifted us with many great moments. Recently, Sevilla FC celebrated the heroes of the year in their 2020 Christmas post. The video opens with tennis’ World No. 2 Rafael Nadal holding his 13 French Open trophy.

Despite the challenges, the 34-year-old Spanish great displayed undaunting performances on the tennis courts. After winning the Roland Garros title for a record 13 time, Nadal also equalled arch-rival Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles record. His sheer competitiveness has set a benchmark for athletes even outside tennis.

The Spanish football club’s Christmas theme ‘Never Surrender’ translates the mentality of the 86 ATP singles’ titles winner. The video also includes Desiree Vile, Spanish handball team, Carolina Marin, Joan Mir, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sevilla FC.


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Rafael Nadal thanks Sevilla FC for their mention

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

There has never been a question against Rafa’s dominance on clay. As a result of his commitment to consistency, he has won the French Open title 13 times in 15 years.

To give out the message of turning tables against difficulties, Sevilla FC decided to bring all the champions. The title of their Christmas video said, “TO WANT IT means YOU CAN DO IT. Never Surrender.”

Nadal, who has been on the receiving end of awards and recognitions, took on Twitter to express his gratitude. The Spaniard wrote, “Many thanks to Sevilla FC for this mention. Good luck and happy Christmas to all the Sevilla fans !!!!!!” (Translated via Google Translate)

Rafa Nadal will play next at the Australian Open 2021


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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain hug at the net after Wawrinka won their men’s final match during day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Moving forward, Rafa is currently preparing for the opening Grand Slam of next year. Even though his achievements mostly came on clay courts, the Spaniard is a hard-to-beat player on all courts. He has won the Australian Open in 2009 and has ended runner-up four times afterwards.

Notably, the ‘King of Clay’ will train with the young Italian talent Jannik Sinner during the quarantine in Australia. As per protocols, two players can join them after two weeks; Stan Wawrinka and Diego Schwartzman will fill the spot.


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For Nadal, the plan will be the same as every year – to give every point his 100%. As far as tennis fans are concerned, the event is set to enthral all despite the delay.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.