KEY POINTS

  • Rafael Nadal is one of the most prolific stars on the tennis tour of the current generation
  • Nadal took to social media to show his support for those risking their lives in this global pandemic
  • The coronavirus continues to affect nations worldwide 

Rafael Nadal is usually lauded by the world with his one-of-a-kind ability as an athlete. He’s not just one of the best players in tennis but he is also one of the most influential icons in the sporting world. The Spaniard is known to be the King of Clay as he’s won 12 French Open titles and is currently at 19 total Grand Slams. He is currently on track to tie Roger Federer at the all-time Majors list at 20. 

His quest to be on top will have to wait for some time, as there are bigger bouts that are currently being fought. It’s a global pandemic and the world is trying to figure out how to stop the coronavirus from ravaging on. Major events are being canceled, families are sick, and people are losing their lives.

This is why despite his status as an iconic figure in the world, Nadal took some time to thank the bigger stars on the field. The recently crowned Acapulco Open Champion took to social media to thank those who are battling COVID-19.

Per ATP Tour’s website, Nadal expressed his gratitude for the coronavirus frontline workers who are risking their lives for everyone.

“I wanted to send a message of thanks to all the doctors, nurses and all the health personnel who are all protecting us, and to the police forces, civil and national guard, the army, and all those who make us feel a little safer, who are in the first line of fire,” he said.

He further expressed that he has the utmost admiration toward them, calling them heroes as they continue with the risk of catching the virus.

He then encourages everyone else to display some empathy to the families who may have been deeply affected by the coronavirus.  “Send them a message of encouragement. It is difficult to say something in these difficult times, and I can only say in this case that we all feel very sorry, that we trust that at this moment we can go ahead with our lives as soon as possible,” he added.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his fourth US Open title and 19th Grand Slam crown after a dramatic five-set final win over Daniil Medvedev Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his fourth US Open title and 19th Grand Slam crown after a dramatic five-set final win over Daniil Medvedev Photo: AFP / Don Emmert