Rafael Nadal’s birthday becomes “National Tennis Day” in Spain
The Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) collectively approved the creation of “National Tennis Day” on June 3, corresponding to the date of Rafael Nadal’s birthday. The proposal will be presented in the coming months, and the idea is to create a great movement in Spanish tennis that brings together the greatest figures.
More than 1,500 tennis clubs and fans will celebrate Tennis Day with various activities: social tournaments (mixed, men, women, veterans), beach tennis, exhibitions, etc. During Nadal’s Roland-Garros match against Richard Gasquet at Roland-Garros on June 3, the idea came when Jorge Mir Mayor, the director of tennis schools at Real Club Jolaseta, offered via his Twitter account to create the National tennis day.
Tennis fans were thrilled and the RFET board decided to support the proposal. With 20 major titles and 36 Masters 1000 trophies to his name, Nadal is one of the best players of all time and among the most famous Spanish athletes.
Nadal entered the top 10 in April 2005 and has never left the exclusive squad, overcoming numerous injuries to stay competitive for over 15 years. Rafa has played six tournaments so far in 2021, including five on his beloved clay.
After skipping the ATP Cup due to back problems, the Spaniard lost two sets to enjoy the advantage over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinal to stay on a Melbourne crown.
Rafael Nadal’s birthday becomes National Tennis Day in Spain.
Staying away from the court for nearly two months, Nadal returned to Monte Carlo and suffered the quarter-final loss to Andrey Rublev in three sets.
Beating again against Tsitsipas in Barcelona, Rafa saved a match point in a memorable final to win after three hours and 38 minutes and win the first trophy since Roland Garros in October of last year. Alexander Zverev proved too strong for Rafa in Madrid, and the Spaniard bounced back in Rome, fending off match point against Denis Shapovalov and beating Novak Djokovic in the final for the 36th Masters 1000 crown.
At Roland Garros, the 13-time champion suffered the third defeat in Paris, losing to Djokovic in the semi-final after four hours and 11 minutes and deciding to take a break and give his body time to recover before the ‘US Open.
“I was listening to Eurosport’s comments on Nadal’s game, and I immediately understood that the idea was wonderful. Spanish tennis has a lot to celebrate. We have the most outstanding Spanish athlete of all. time, we are currently Davis Cup champions, and we are in the Billie Jean King Cup final. I think, like I said, that we have a lot to celebrate, ”said Miguel Díaz, President of the RFET .