Rafael Nadal named ITF World Champion for the fifth time

Rafael Nadal has been named the 2022 ITF Men’s World Champion!

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Rafa fought back from two sets down to defeat Daniil Medvedev in January’s Australian Open final to capture his 21st Grand Slam trophy, before sealing a record-extending 14th French Open title in June for his 22nd major. He compiled a 22-1 win-loss record at the majors, went 39-8 through the season, and climbed back to No. 2 in the ATP Rankings – feats that are all the more remarkable given that he began the year troubled by fears that he may have to retire as a result of a chronic foot problem.

I’m very happy to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time.

When I first won the award in 2008, I would not have expected to still be playing at such a high level 14 years later. It was really special to win the Australian Open for a second time, and of course to win Roland Garros.

I am really grateful for the support of my team and my fans around the world and, I am already looking forward to the 2023 season.

Rafa Nadal

Rafa joins his friend and recently-retired rival Roger Federer as a five-times ITF world champion behind Pete Sampras (6) and 2021 winner Novak Djokovic (7).

Congratulations Rafa!

Sources: ITF, Reuters


  1. Congratulations Rafa! You deserved the ITF Award. You have fought well and has given your very best in the Tennis tournament. Yes, I have been praying for a blessed year 2023 for you in tennis tournament. Have a blessed moment with family bonding and enjoy your time. Praying for a successful preparation for AO 2023 and be holistically healthy in every way. God be with you and bless you always …and everything in your hands, in Jesus name. Amen

  2. Congratulations on ITF Champion award. Huge challenges were overcome, both mental and physical to win AO and Roland Garros. A spectacular achievement.

  3. Great news Rafa, I hope you are on top to win another grand slam title. I am an avid fan from Canada. May your son one day become as great a tennis player as you, and maybe I get to see him on court.

  4. Well deserved👍 Congrats Rafa👏
    Anyone else still watching the replay of the Australian Open final?🤭

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