Rafael Nadal Wins French Open TitleOctober 19, 2020
There are four separate tournaments that comprise what is known as the Grand Slam in tennis. Each year, major matches are held in Australia, The United States, the United Kingdom and France. Men and women come to the stadiums from around the world to participate. In the process, they can earn a good living and legions of fans. One of the most prestigious of all tennis championships is the French Open. Also known as Roland-Garros, the open has been held for over a hundred years. Each fall, people line the seats of the stadium in Paris to watch players at their finest. The court is noteworthy for many things. It’s considered the world’s premier clay court surface, making it a major draw for specialists and all rounders.
Earning a Place
Rafael Nadal is a native of Spain. From a young age, he was clearly a gifted tennis player. By the time he was eight, his parents recognized his talents for the game and sought out professional help. His fellow Spaniards also realized his talents and sought ways to help him develop them. This lead to a string of victories long before he was he in his late teens. It also rapidly led to worldwide acclaim as the strength of his technique made him one to watch. He turned professional before he was sixteen and took the courts by storm with a series of victories. It was clear the best was yet to come for this highly athletically skilled young man.
A Series of Titles
Nadal’s power and skill gained him fans as a young man. The thirty-four year old has only continued to improve. His latest victory is 2020 French Open Men’s Singles title. This is his record setting thirteenth French Open title. He beat many other players to get there including runner up Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is currently the world’s number one player, a title previously held by Nadal for many weeks. Three sets with scores of 6-0, 6-2, and 7-5 was all it took for Nadal to overpower his highly skilled opponent and power his way to yet another Grand Slam title. Those who witnessed the match were astonished and delighted at his command of varied strokes and ability to avoid unforced errors.
Many Previous Grand Slams
His latest title brings Nadal to the dream many tennis players have. Nadal now holds a total of twenty career Grand Slams. The Spaniard can be officially considered one of the greatest male tennis player of the modern era. He holds thirteen French Open titles, one Australian Grand Slam, four U.S. titles, and two Wimbledon wins. This ties him with Roger Federer in the number of titles held in men’s singles. Nadal has been a major part of Grand Slam history. From 2004 t0 2015, he won at least one Grand Slam every single year. While many of his wins have been on clay surface, Nadal has been equally at home playing on other surfaces.