The Spanish tennis star will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Balearic Islands in recognition of his athletic achievements and the values he has upheld during his career, the higher education institution said.Nadal, who was born and makes his home in Manacor, a town on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, has shown a commitment to excellence, making him "one of the greatest athletes of all time," UIB said in a statement.
and an all-time record 19 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, tied with Roger Federer.
He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
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“Personally it’s just unbelievable what happened this year to me after a few years troubles, injuries, and not playing good. This is one of events that brings me to high energy, the crowd here make me so, so happy.”And typical of his personality to worry about others, Nadal used the award ceremony to send his best wishes to those who have suffered from the earthquake in Mexico and from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, saying, “All the best to the victims. We can't control what is happening.”Later after a little time celebrating with his family, girlfriend, friends and other members of his team, Nadal put his win in context.“I have this trophy with me again here in New York,” he said. There is no better way to finish the Grand Slam season for me after a very emotional season in all aspects.“So very happy the way that I played, happy the way that I managed the pressure, and the way that I was competing during the whole event, no?
Playing better or worse, the competitive spirit have been there in a very positive way all the time.”The Spanish sensation made it three U. Open titles in his treasure chest with the others picked up during final defeats of Novak Djokovic in 2010 and ’13.
He’s competed in three of the four Grand Slam finals, claiming two of those titles. Open, Nadal hadn’t won a hard-court title since 2014, at the tournament in Doha, Qatar, which is always played the first week of each season.
He won a 10th French Open title in June to become the only man or woman in the Open era to score 10 titles at the same Grand Slam. While he mentioned on a number of occasions how significant it is to have won again on hard courts, that wasn’t his main priority.
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