Nadal wins ATP Popularity Award for the first time in his life… Thanks to Federer’s retirement for 19 consecutive years

Rafael Nadal (2nd in the world, Spain, 36) won the Fans’ Favourite from the Men’s Professional Tennis Association (ATP) for the first time in his life.

The ATP announced the winners for each category on the 14th (Korean time).

Nadal became the new protagonist of the popularity award that drew the most attention. This award, which is decided by fan voting, was won by tennis emperor Roger Federer (Switzerland), who retired last September, for 19 consecutive years from 2003 to last year.

Nadal increased his Grand Slam titles to 22 this season by winning the Australian Open and the French Open, among the four major tournaments. 메이저놀이터 Although he could not continue his upward trend in the first half due to an injury in the second half, he finished the season in second place in the world with a record of 39 wins and 8 losses in tour events this year.

He said, “I am very happy to receive the Popularity Award in 2022. He feels great. In addition to this award, we cannot help but thank all the support we are receiving in all cities and events around the world. He is very much looking forward to sharing many positive things again in 2023 as well. See you soon!” he greeted through the ATP homepage.

Meanwhile, Newcomer Of The Year was awarded to rookie Holger Rune (11th, Denmark, 19th), born in 2003. Rune took three championships this season and climbed the rankings from 103rd to the top 10 (for the first time in his life) at one point in November.

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