One of the sport’s most-loved champions, Nadal’s list of career achievements is enviable. Completing a career Grand Slam at 24, the Spaniard became the youngest man in the Open era to achieve the feat. In 2022, he won an all-time record 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including 14 at Roland Garros. He is at his best on clay, achieving myriad records on the surface. A fierce competitor, Nadal is also revered for his sportsmanship.
Nadal launched the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in May 2016, which combines high-level tennis and education. Teaching the values of sportsmanship, commitment, fellowship and effort that have defined Nadal’s career, the academy expanded to Mexico in 2019 and runs an international junior tennis circuit. He has won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award five times.
As the winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, Nadal is one of the sport’s most prolific champions. He is also a three-time Davis Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and helped Team Europe win the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017. The left-handed Spaniard has been ranked world No.1 for 209 weeks and finished the year-end No. 1 five times. He has been a constant force in the world’s top 10 since April 2005, amassing 94 ATP singles titles, including 36 Masters.
Winner: Melbourne, Acapulco, Australian Open, Roland Garros
Runner-up: Indian Wells