Rafael Nadal has been named the 2022 ITF Men’s World Champion!
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).
Sources: ITF, Reuters