Rafael Nadal wins fan-voted ATP Award for first time

We did it! 🙂

22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has been voted as the ATP Tour Fans Favourite for 2022, ending the streak of the now-retired Roger Federer, who had won the award the last 19 years in a row from 2003 to 2021.

Hello guys, I am super happy to receive the Fans’ Favourite Award [in] 2022. It makes me feel great.

I can’t thank you enough everyone for the support not only for this award, but at the same time for all the support that I receive in every single city and event around the world.

That means everything to me, so I am very much looking forward to 2023 to share a lot of positive things again. See you soon!”

Rafa Nadal

By winning this year’s fans’ favourite title, Rafa has now also won in every single player category at the ATP awards, having previously been named the Newcomer, Most Improved, Comeback player of the year, won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. He has also been crowned the year-end No 1 five times. 

Congrats Rafa! Thank you very much, Rafans!


  1. BIG WOW! Rejoicing with you, Rafa and all your fans around the globe. Lots of awards and recognition in a row. Amazing and what a blessing! What else coming? Thank you Lord Jesus for all these blessings! Glory and honor to your name. Dear God, your hand and blessing on Rafa’s tennis tournament 2023 – excellent health and successful preparation. God’s peace in all his borders and be filled with the Holy Spirit with love, joy and goodness of God in your heart. Jeremiah 29:11 and Jeremiah 33:3 Stay blessed and Shalom!

  2. I thought Rafa would win this, but you never know for sure. Rafa now has the full set of ATP Awards starting with Newcomer of the Year. Rafa is so humble and charming as always. My only wish is that he remains healthy for all of 2023.

  3. It’s about time! Delighted that Rafa won this well deserved honor. Hopefully a good omen for the new upcoming year. Can’t wait to see him on the court again (healthy)
    That’s all we Rafa fans ask for.

  4. I’ve been voting for Rafa for years to win this but never gave up hope when Roger won in all those years…I am so glad that Rafa finally won this award this year! Rafa is the best sportsmen ever and very humble and gracious…that’s why we love him so dearly!

  5. Yay! Hip hip hurray! Rafa winning this award for the first time made my day! Can’t wait to see Rafa in 2023 play! Until then, happy holidays!

    • Kit L, thanks for the nice poem to celebrate Rafa’s achievements – Love it! I am overjoyed for Rafa too and wish him the best in 2023!

  6. Superlative Rafa !! Rafa is awesome. Much deserved & revered + loved everywhere. Magnificent player great human being .

  7. I am happy for Rafa.. But , Roger winning from 2003 to 2021 is plain stupid which makes this award worthless.. Other players deserve too in between

    • I beg to differ. This award is very difficult to win, perhaps harder to win than a grand slam title. You need to be loved and respected everywhere around the world to win it. Rafa looks so genuinely happy to have won it. It is fitting that Roger “passed the torch” on this award to Rafa especially after the send off at laver cup in Roger’s final official match of his career. Rafa totally deserves this award! We love him!!!

  8. Congrats, champ! Very well deserved! He’s certainly been my best loved player ever since I first saw him in 2005 at the end of his very first RG win.

  9. I love the video posting – you can tell Rafa is super happy and proud of receiving this award! Thanks for sharing.

    • This is wonderful! Not only is Rafa the GOAT, Rafa is also the most loved men’s tennis player in the world! 🥳🏆🥰🎾🥇

      • At long last!! Congratulations to Rafa for achieving the Fans’ Favourite award. It just goes to show how much he’s loved and admired. Rafa’s excitement and gratitude is clear to see in the video.The honours also go to him for the Express Match of the Year.
        Our champ’s got lots more in the tank and I’m looking forward to seeing him on court next season.

  10. Congrats, Rafa and Rafa fans around the world! Let’s celebrate this important achievement!. So happy for Rafa! Cheers to many more achievements to come for Rafa in the future!!

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