The Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) has collectively approved the creation of the “National Tennis Day” on June 3, corresponding with the date of Rafael Nadal’s birthday. The proposal will be outlined in the upcoming months, and the idea is to create a great movement of Spanish Tennis that brings together the leading figures. Over 1,500 tennis clubs and fans will celebrate the day of tennis with various activities: social tournaments (mixed, men’s, women’s, veterans), beach tennis, exhibitions and so on. During Nadal’s Roland Garros match against Richard Gasquet at Roland Garros on June 3, the idea came out when Jorge Mir Mayor, the director of the Tennis Schools of Real Club Jolaseta, proposed through his Twitter account to create the National Tennis Day. Tennis fans were thrilled about it, and the RFET Board of Directors decided to support the proposal.
With 20 Major titles and 36 Masters 1000 trophies by his name, Nadal stands as one of the best players of all time and among the Spanish most celebrated athletes. Nadal entered the top-10 in April 2005 and never left the exclusive group, overcoming many injuries to remain competitive for over 15 years. Rafa has played six tournaments so far in 2021, five of those on his beloved clay. After skipping the ATP Cup due to back issues, the Spaniard wasted two sets to love advantage against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-final to remain on one Melbourne crown.
Rafael Nadal’s birthday becomes the National Tennis Day in Spain.
Staying away from the court for almost two months, Nadal returned in Monte Carlo and experienced the quarter-final loss to Andrey Rublev in three sets. Battling against Tsitsipas again in Barcelona, Rafa saved a match point in a memorable final to prevail after three hours and 38 minutes and secure the first trophy since Roland Garros in October last year. Alexander Zverev proved to be too strong for Rafa in Madrid, and the Spaniard bounced back in Rome, fending off a match point against Denis Shapovalov and beating Novak Djokovic in the final for the 36th Masters 1000 crown. At Roland Garros, the 13-time champion suffered the third loss in Paris, losing to Djokovic in the semis after four hours and 11 minutes and deciding to take a break and give his body time to recover ahead of the US Open.
“I was listening to the Eurosport comments about Nadal’s game, and I immediately understood that the idea was magnificent. Spanish tennis has a lot to celebrate. We have the most outstanding Spanish athlete of all time, we are current Davis Cup champions, and we are in the Billie Jean King Cup finals. I think, as I say, we have a lot to celebrate,” said Miguel Díaz, President of the RFET.