Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Rafael Nadal - ITF World Champion
Rafa has been awarded the ITF World Champion of 2010 award.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) became only the seventh man in history to win a career Grand Slam when he won the US Open trophy in September. The 24-year-old also captured his fifth Roland Garros title and second Wimbledon crown to regain the year-end No. 1 ranking from Roger Federer. With an Olympic gold medal and two Davis Cup titles to his name, the Spaniard has now won all of tennis’s major prizes.
Nadal said: "It is an honour to be named ITF World Champion for the second time. After a difficult year in 2009, it was an amazing feeling to regain the No. 1 ranking and finally win the US Open. My goal all the time is to keep improving and be a better player each year than I was the previous year."
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “This has been another memorable year for tennis, culminating in Serbia’s triumph in the Davis Cup Final. Rafael Nadal has proved himself to be one of the greatest competitors in the sport’s history.