Posted 1 year ago with 76 notes
Rafael Nadal link on We Heart It. https://weheartit.com/entry/51948368/via/ivana_graovac_18
I don’t think there’s much I could write about Rafa that his fans don’t already know. So I’ll just say this:
I’ve been a Rafa fan since 2006. I remember watching him win his second Roland Garros title that year, when he was still this awkward kid with pirate pants who could barely speak English, when everyone was saying he was going to become a great clay courter, when no one had any idea that we were looking at one of the greatest players to pick up a tennis racquet. And I remember thinking, “Eh, the pants are weird, but I sure love the way he fights for every point.”
And, at the risk of melodrama, he changed my life. I have now watched Rafael Nadal win TWELVE of his 13 Grand Slam titles. I have seen him lose absolutely heartbreaking matches. I have skipped class, work, and sleep to watch him play. I have seen him go through so many injury setbacks, and I have cried with him and for him more times than I can count.
But the thing about Rafa is: he just keeps roaring back over and over again, no matter what adversity is in front of him.
Rafa said that he didn’t think anyone except his box understood what this title meant to him, but I think he’s wrong. Because I have gone through a lot of emotions this past year - probably more than a sane person should - over him. And this title means SO MUCH to me, for reasons I could never fully explain.
It has been an absolute privilege to watch him play for the past 7 years, to take inspiration from his humility and his fighting spirit, and to go through the heartbreaks and the triumphs with him. I would not trade it for the world.
VAMOS champion. You deserve it. <3
literally could not have said it better myself