"These 21 years have been a gift": Rafa Nadal praised after the huge tribute from the Madrid Open upon being eliminated in his final appearance

Wednesday, 01 May 2024 at 12:28
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Rafael Nadal has bid farewell to the Madrid Open in what seems to be the last edition in the career of the legendary Spanish tennis player, as he was eliminated in the round of 16 against Jiri Lehecka, and after the match, a beautiful tribute was paid to him for his entire trajectory in the ATP 1000.
In his on-court remarks, Nadal explained what it meant for him to play one last time at the Madrid Open: "It has been very special for me, very positive in many ways. I had the opportunity to play once again on this court that has given me so much at a sporting and emotional level. Just a few weeks ago, I didn't know if I could compete again in an official match, and I was able to do it."
Nadal won the Madrid Open for the first time in 2005, and he remembered that thrilling match in his statements: "The first time I came here was in 2003. In 2005, I achieved one of the most exciting victories of my career. From then until today, there has been unconditional support from everyone. Thank you, there is no way to express my gratitude. All I can do is say thank you. It has been an unforgettable journey."
"These 21 years have been a gift. The emotions I take from this court are something that will stay with me forever. Even more so than some Grand Slam titles I have won. I have been fortunate to turn what was once a hobby into my job. I feel very lucky for everything I have experienced. I couldn't ask for anything more. I hope I have been an example for future generations," added Nadal to conclude the tribute ceremony.

Madrid unveiled banners for Nadal after playing his last match at the event. A banner for each year he won is being hung on court Manolo Santana. 5 time champion, the most in history. Rafa looks on with an emotional smile. A legacy etched in sweat, tears, & clay 🥹 🇪🇸❤️🇪🇸


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