Former World No.1 Rafael Nadal is arguably one of the greatest athletes in the history of the sport. On the other hand, the 34-years-old Spaniard, who is known for his kindness and generous nature, has been giving his helping hand to people in need during unprecedented times.
Nadal donated a considerable amount to those affected by flood in the Mallorcan municipality of Sant Llorenç a few years ago. Also, he has been helping thousands of people since COVID-19 outbreak.
However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was honoured for his social activities with the award of ‘Grand Cross of the Order of second May’ by the community of Madrid.
The president Isabel Díaz Ayuso and her Madrid community government recognized Rafa for, “his example, commitment and vision of the sport and life in general.” (Quotes translated into English via Google translator).
“Nadal’s Requires A High Degree Of Self-Demand”: Madrid President
At the French Open 2020, the King of Clay claimed his 13th crown and equalled Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record tally of 20 titles.
While Nadal has won 35 masters 1000 titles, he has spent 207 weeks as World No.1 in the ATP ranking table.
At the same time, Rafa made his country proud on the global stage after winning two gold medals(singles and doubles) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. And also, he helped five times to his national team to become a Davis Cup champion.
Isabel Díaz Ayuso believes that Rafael Nadal has integrated their nation by his achievements. President continued, “Millions of people from all corners of our country, who have never held a racket, vibrate with excitement with your deeds.”
“Many do not know tennis, but the tape head and is called Rafa, yes. And with each tear, the anthem and the flag of Spain, millions of Spaniards have cried,” President added.
Describing the character of the person who is passionate and excited about his sport, the Madrid President said, “Nadal’s requires a high degree of self-demand, not shirking responsibilities, not looking for excuses or blaming others.”
“We have before us the best Spanish athlete of all time but also a man full of values,” Ayuso concluded.