Rafael Nadal nominated for USSA Athlete of the Month

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Rafael Nadal has been nominated for the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month award for the month of June.

Professional tennis player Rafael Nadal won the men’s French Open in Paris, France, by defeating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and 6-4 on June 8th. The victory for Nadal was his record ninth French Open title and was his 14th Grand Slam title. He holds a 66-1 record at the French Open all-time.

Our champ is one of six nominees for the award. You can vote for Rafa by clicking here.


  1. Has trabajado duro y eso tiene siempre su recompensa al igual que como persona eres humano y bueno. Te guia una buena estrella y ya de por vida,siempre seras el mejor deportista y persona. Felicidades, espero que todos tus sueños se cumplan. Muchos besos

  2. Rafa you are the BEST, there is no doubt about this!!!! You are a tremendous athlete and a very good person, and that is the most important thing for me. Vamoooos Rafa, good luck for the rest of the season for you from Santa Cruz, Bolivia (South America)

  3. Rafa u r my hero I don’t care u didn’t win Wimbledon I will always support u

  4. Rafael Nadal is the best tennis player in history. I love him. He’s my biggest idol. Best regards from Bosnia and Herzegovina !!!!!

  5. You are the best Rafael. Next time u beat Nick , the way you ousted Rosol. Nobody can beat you ever, you the best tennis player GOD has ever created. I never miss a single match of yourS. You deserve to win the USSA award . You are truly great. Luv you

  6. I’m so happy to vote for Rafa he is such a great tennis player, he’s well discipline on and off court , humble and a great role model for the younger generation I am a mother of two young men and I always say to them Rafa is my other son whom I never met but I’l be meeting him in August at Roger’s Center My son bought me the whole tournament tickets only to get the opportunity to meet Rafa personally I hope my dream come true!

    • Your best chance of meeting Rafa, or at least seeing him up close, is to attend his practice sessions on Monday & Tuesday, or his pre-match warmups that take place an hour or two before his Wednesday-Sunday matches. Make sure you get there very early so you’re in the front row. Tournaments usually have a board located near the entrance to the grounds listing when & where the players are practicing. Bring something for him to autograph, like his book ‘RAFA’, or a large yellow tennis ball. And don’t forget to bring a camera.

      If you can somehow find out where(which restaurant) & when(what time of day) he likes to have dinner, that would also be a great opportunity to meet him. ‘GOOGLE’ might be very helpful in that regard. Rafa is usually very accommodating to his fans, even outside the tournament grounds.

      Good luck, Chandra. I hope that your dream comes true. VAMOS!!!

  7. Rafa Nadal is great player, my king my hero and matador always play fantastic. He is the best player in the WORLD and his rank remain WORLD NUMBER 1 forever. Amen

  8. nadal deserves every award going in my eyes his true strength and determination on court is amazing.He truly is my inspiration in life, a true role model.And off court so kind and humble.

  9. Thank you USA for nominating Rafael Nadal now to get all his supporters to vote for an exceptional athlete, a player who always gives his best. Is humble in victory and gracious in defeat, a role model for youth and a wonderful warm young man . Vote and get your friends to vote for out champion

  10. So thrilled Rafa was nominated. It’s a pleasure to vote for a true winner on and off the
    court. An exceptional human being and world class athlete.

  11. Rafael Nadal,não só é o melhor do mês,como o melhor atleta do século.Admiro a sua garra,seu empenho,sua determinação e seu profissionalismo.é um atleta completo.Parabéns Rafael Nadal!!

  12. So well deserved by Rafa. A true role model. His demeanor in both victory and defeat reveal his virtues as a dignified and honourable human being.

  13. Rafa is the best in the world . He fantastic athlete would b hard to find better one than him . He deserves to win even for great sportsman ship & everything he does for tennis & his foundation but most of all Rafa is Rafa the best in the world 😍😍😍😍😍

  14. It’s a distinct pleasure to vote for Rafael Nadal as player of the month, owing to his superb record as an athlete and his proven high standards as a human being.

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