RAFA NADAL RECEIVES THE TITLE "ADOPTED SON OF THE CITY OF MADRID"
Rafa Nadal has received the title of Madrid’s "Adopted Son" at a special ceremony in the Spanish capital. Ana Botella, Mayor of Madrid, cited the athlete's “serene patriotism, strength when faced with difficulty, triumph and humility” as the main reasons why he has earned the admiration and affection of the whole city.
The 13-time grand slam winner is the reigning champion of the Mutua Madrid Open which is being held until the 11 May at the Caja Magica. The tennis star's long career of success for Spain also includes four Davis Cup wins, as well as an Olympic gold medal. Ana Botella did not spare any adjectives in her address, labelling Nadal a “great Spaniard” responsible for inspiring generations of future sport stars through his hard work, ability and graceful nature.
The 27-year old was born in Manacor, Mallorca, although he has always “carried Madrid in his heart” according to the Mayor. She commented, “Every time that Rafa Nadal raises a trophy, children and young people in Madrid and all over Spain decide to pick up a tennis racket. When these children and young people are witness to his chivalry in both victory and defeat, they learn the values that lead to one generation improving the next”.