Rafael Nadal, on Sunday, June 5, won the French Open 2022 after beating Norway’s Casper Ruud without having to break much sweat. Despite his chronic foot injury, the 36-year-old came out trumps at Court Phillippe-Chatrier and won the clay court tournament at Roland Garros for the 14th time.
En route to his victory, Nadal also knocked World No.1 Novak Djokovic, also the 2021 men’s singles champion, out of the competition. On Monday, June 6, Nadal struck a pose with his French Open trophy with the iconic Eifel Tower in the backdrop.
Nadal wore a white T-shirt and jeans, looking stylish in front of journalists, who were busy clicking his pictures. The official Instagram handle of Roland Garros uploaded the video.
After winning the title, Nadal said that he wouldn’t have taken the risk of playing in any other Grand Slam amidst his issues with his foot.
“We have been through a lot of emotions. Probably the most unexpected, surprising (title) and all the things I had to do to play the event make the title one of the most special,” Nadal was quoted as saying.
Nadal also admitted that he came into the tournament with very little preparation. Previously, he had said that he didn’t consider himself among the favourites to win the title.
“Of course, when you arrive with a poor preparation like I did, every day is a challenge; you need to increase your level of tennis every single day,” he added.
Earlier this year, Nadal was also ruled out for four to six weeks after he suffered a rib stress fracture during the Indian Wells Masters.