Nadal, meanwhile, was nominated alongside Dylan Alcott, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime for the Best Athlete, Mens Tennis ESPY Award and he walked away with the crown on the back of a brilliant start to the 2022 season. The Spaniard won the Australian Open at the start of the year and the French Open in June to become the first mens player win 22 Grand Slams. Nadal also won the award in 2014 and 2011, but he is well short of the Roger Federers record of nine ESPY awards while Novak Djokovic has won five. Serena Williams, meanwhile, has 10 ESPY awards to her name.
“Nadal really wants to come to Montreal and his hotel rooms are already booked,” tournament director for the Montreal edition of the Canada Masters, Eugene Lapierre, explained. He also revealed that the Spaniard would return to training today, 11 days after pulling out of Wimbledon.
He has asked us to send him a case of the balls were using for the tournament to prepare, Lapierre continued. He should return to training on Monday.” When announcing his withdrawal from Wimbledon, Nadal admitted that it wouldnt be long before he returned to the practice court though serves would remain off-limits.
Rafael Nadal once more showcased his prowess on the golf course, leading his tennis academy’s golf team to a joint-first place finish in the 4th leg of the FBG Hexagonal Circuit team competition in Mallorca on Sunday.
The Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy team finished alongside the Balneario Illetas and Gran Folies Beach Club’s golf team with a total score of 96 in the scratch scoring, with the 22-time Grand Slam champion shooting their best score (37 Stableford).
Ive never seen anyone like him, McEnroe told Tennis365 in an exclusive interview.
I thought Jimmy Connors tried hard until I saw Rafael Nadal, this is insane. And thats the greatest quality he has, by far. I mean, the guys an unbelievable player, we all know that. But the fact that he can go out there and give that type of effort, you know, match in and match out, game in and game out, is something that people aspire to, but its very difficult to do.