88 trophies including 13 won on clay at Roland Garros and two gold medals at the Olympic Games.
These are just a few figures from Rafael Nadal's incredible track record.
The RFET, the Spanish Tennis Federation, paid tribute to this living legend by declaring June 3 national day of the sport.
It is the day of the birth of the Mallorcan, born in 1986.
🎾 #Tenis La RFET crea el "Día Nacional del Tenis" el 3 de junio, coincidiendo con el aniversario de @RafaelNadal https://t.co/gsGKRS1LXS
- Tenis España (@RFETenis) June 18, 2021
An initiative born from a tweet
The move comes after the publication of a column by Jorge Mir Mayor, a technical director of tennis schools, on June 2.
It is the day before the Nadal-Gasquet match in the second round of Roland Garros, which is also held on the Spaniard's birthday, in the night session.
Jorge Mir Mayor made public his proposal to create a “tennis party in Spain” on the Industrial del Tenis website.
He explains: "June 3, 1986 was born the greatest tennis player that Spain and the world have ever known and what better day for all those who love this sport to celebrate it".
He then posted a tweet during the match addressing Eurosport commentators Alvaro Benito and Alex Corretja.
They saw it and echoed the proposal.
Muchas gracias a la @RFETenis por estudiar esta propuesta.
Gracias a @ AlexCorretja74 y @alvarobenitolb.
- JORGE MIR MAYOR (@JORGEMIRMAYOR) June 3, 2021
A strong symbol of Spanish sport
Something promised, something due.
The first edition of this day will take place on June 3, 2022. It will be festive and the sport of Rafa will be practiced there in all its forms.
“The idea is that all clubs (more than 1,500 in Spain), territorial federations and fans from all over Spain celebrate tennis with different activities: social tournaments (mixed, male, female, children, veterans, etc. .), masterclasses, wheelchair tennis, beach tennis, exhibitions, etc.
»Explains RFET on its website.
Miguel Diaz Roman, president of the federation, has supported this proposal from the start.
On the RFET website, he explains: “I was listening to the comments of Nadal's match on Eurosport and I immediately understood that the idea was magnificent.
Spanish tennis has a lot to celebrate.
We have the most remarkable Spanish athlete of all time, we are reigning Davis Cup champions and we are in the Billie Jean King Cup final.
I believe, as I say, that we have a lot to celebrate ”.
A beautiful tribute to Rafa Nadal, semi-finalist of Roland-Garros 2021, who has just announced that he will not participate in Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympic Games to spare himself.