RAFAEL NADAL Is Awarded Madrid’s Highest Honour for his services to Spanish sport
Spanish tennis legend, Rafael Nadal, has today, Saturday, December 5, been awarded Madrid’s highest award, the prestigious Order of Dos de Mayo medal, in a ceremony at the Palacio de Correos in the Puerta del Sol, by the president of the regional government, Isabel Dias Ayuso.
In awarding the honour to Nadal, Dias Ayoso said the award was for his “enormous sporting record and his extraordinary merits as a person. We have before us the best athlete of all time, with values, in addition, such as humility, effort, discipline and respect for the rival”.
Responding, Nadal said he was dedicating his award to victims and families of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying, “I am not exaggerating if I say that it has affected us all in one way or another, but I want to send a message of encouragement to the families who have lost a loved one”, adding, “It is an honour to receive this award and I want to share it with all the citizens of Madrid”.
In an incredible tennis career, Nadal, born in Mallorca, has won 20 Grand Slam men’s titles, placing him equal first of all time, alongside his arch-rival, Roger Ferderer.
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