French Academy of Sport award

Photo by Beth Wilson

Photo by Beth Wilson

According to this eurosport article (google translation), Rafa will receive the French Academy of Sport award during the Paris Open.

The love-hate relationship between the Balearic tennis and the neighboring country will have a new episode in the next edition of the Bercy Tournament. Nadal will receive the prize of the French Academy of Sport.

The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will be awarded the prize of the French Academy of Sports the next day 9 when it will be in Paris at the Bercy Masters 1000, as reported by the organizers of today competicióninformaron organizers.

The Spaniard was unable to receive the award at the last edition of Roland Garros because of his early exit, so that will make his second visit to the capital annual gala. Nadal will receive the award during the second day of the 1000 Masters which starts on Sunday 8 November.

Will thus become the third player who receives the French Academy Award, after the German Steffi Graf in 1988 and Switzerland’s Roger Federer in 2005.

81 Responses

  1. dutchgirl says:

    I’ve only been away from this site for one day, and see this long discussion going on, with Benito taking part of it. Great!
    I think enough has been said about the French, I’m only hoping there will be a lot more support for Rafa in Paris this time.
    He deserves to win the title for more than one reason – one of the reason being to show the French what he’s made of. His fighting spirit is so much more attractive to watch than Roger’s so-called elegance! I don’t expect anyone to like Rafa as much as we all do, but I do hope there will be respect towards him.

  2. Eliana says:

    During the Universal Spaniard conference, the professor leading the conference mentioned at the end how he was going to return to RG next year to win, to which Rafa replied with a shy voice that maybe this time if he wins they may applaud him. Listening to those words made me so sad since obviously that experience is really embedded in his mind and at least in that moment he was very hurt, like pouring salt into a wound, taking into account everything he was going through. But I’m positive that French people are going to support him(or maybe naive?) since I know he has fans everywhere in the world and people can appreciate good performances.