88 trophies together with 13 gained on clay at Roland Garros and two gold medals at the Olympic Games. These are only a few figures from Rafael Nadal’s unimaginable monitor file. The RFET, the Spanish Tennis Federation, paid tribute to this residing legend by declaring June 3 nationwide day of the sport. It is the day of the start of the Mallorcan, born in 1986.
An initiative born from a tweet
The transfer comes after the publication of a column by Jorge Mir Mayor, a technical director of tennis colleges, on June 2. It is the day earlier than the Nadal-Gasquet match in the second spherical of Roland Garros, which can also be held on the Spaniard’s birthday, in the evening session. Jorge Mir Mayor has made public his proposal to create a “tennis party in Spain” on the Industrial del Tenis website.
He explains: “June 3, 1986 was born the greatest tennis player that Spain and the world have ever known and what better day for all those who love this sport to celebrate it”. He then posted a tweet throughout the match addressing Eurosport commentators Alvaro Benito and Alex Corretja. They noticed it and echoed the proposal.
A robust image of Spanish sport
Something promised, one thing due. The first version of at the present time will happen on June 3, 2022. It will be festive and the sport of Rafa will be practiced there in all its types. “The idea is that all clubs (more than 1,500 in Spain), territorial federations and fans from all over Spain celebrate tennis with different activities: social tournaments (mixed, male, female, children, veterans, etc. .), masterclasses, wheelchair tennis, beach tennis, exhibitions, etc. »Explains RFET on its website.
Miguel Diaz Roman, president of the federation, has supported this proposal from the start. On the RFET website, he explains : “I was listening to Nadal’s commentary on Eurosport and I immediately understood that the idea was wonderful. Spanish tennis has a lot to celebrate. We have the most remarkable Spanish athlete of all time, we are reigning Davis Cup champions and we are in the Billie Jean King Cup final. I believe, as I say, that we have a lot to celebrate ”.
A wonderful tribute to Rafa Nadal, semi-finalist of Roland-Garros 2021, who has simply introduced that he will not take part in Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympic Games to spare himself.