Rafael Nadal voted the US Sports Academy’s June Athlete of the Month

REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Rafael Nadal has chosen as the Athlete of the Month by the United States Sports Academy based on the results of an online poll. Among female athletes, professional golfer Michelle Wie earned the same title.

“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 Rafa 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,” the USSA wrote on its website on Tuesday.

The USSA determines candidates for Athlete of the Month after receiving recommendations from journalists, sports organizations, government agencies and the public.

As Rafa and Wie were chosen as the athletes for June, they are now candidates for Athlete of the Year.


    • I’m happy Rafa is voted athlete of the month I voted for Rafa and happy he got what he truly deserved. Rafa is such a great ambassador for the sport of tennis he give it his everything on court and such a great humanitarian as well Congrats Rafa1

  1. Wonderful news and thanks to USSA and all who nominated and voted for Rafael Nadal, a champion player and a wonderful ambassador for sport and Spain. It proves how well respected and loved he is not just because of his winning the French Open for a record nine times but for his charm, appeal and genuine humility. No one compares, always a champion

  2. Wow, what a special honor! So well deserved! To a great sportsman of sterling character and grace every month of the year. But I am so glad he was recognized and celebrated for this award in June. To win a grand slam once is so tough but to win it 9X at the same grand slam is simply marvelous and remarkable. Rafa is the only person who can even break his own record. What a “Field of Dreams” he has created over the years of his illustrious career. And the world loves him for it.
    Vamos Rafa!!!

  3. I love rafa he’s my favorite sportsman ever he deserves this and slot more I also voted for michelle wie

  4. It doesn’t surprise me that Rafa was voted Athlete of the Month because he IS highly loved and respected throughout the world for his accomplishments as an athlete and his sterling character, evidenced by the respect he shows for fellow competitors and with everyone with whom he interacts every day of the year. VAMOS RAFA!!! You’re our Champion No. 1, regardless of the ATP rankings.

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