Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will surely be remembered in history as one of the greatest athletes ever. Many people often remember how the Manacor athlete can be recognized as the best Spanish sportsman ever and there are many records to certify this.
With this week Rafa has reached yet another record of an extraordinary career. Last November, reaching 790 consecutive weeks in the Top-10, Nadal surpassed Jimmy Connors in the standings, celebrating a record that is unlikely to be beaten in history.
Today Nadal even reaches 800 consecutive weeks in the Top Ten, a record that makes an impression only to name her. To be precise, we can say that Rafa entered the Top-10 in April 2005 and now, 16 years later, he is still in the standings, in the upper parts given his deserved second place.
Nadal and his incredible records
Rafael Nadal is currently facing a two-week quarantine in Adelaide and is already at work for his first official commitments: Rafa will start the season on February 1st with the ATP Cup and then afterwards he will think about the Australian Open.
It should be remembered that by eventually winning this Grand Slam the Iberian champion would beat several records: first of all he would become the player with the most Majors in history with 21 Slams and then he would be the only player in the Open era to win all four Grand Slams at least twice.
2005 was Rafa's first big year as he reached the Round of 16 in Australia and won titles like Costa do Sauipe and the Acapulco tournament, obviously on his beloved clay court. After being within two points of winning in Miami against Roger Federer, Rafa won his first Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo.
Subsequently he won in the final in Barcelona against Juan Carlos Ferrero on clay and thus entered the Top Ten. At 18 years and ten months Rafa became the eighth youngest tennis player in history to enter the Top-10, incredible numbers and that show the quality of this tennis phenomenon.
Thus was born the legend of Rafael Nadal and today the Spaniard has reached yet another record of an incredible career. Meanwhile there is a real chaos in the state of Victoria, in Australia, between tennis players and citizens, after that few hours ago, the presence of two people infected with the Covid-19 virus was confirmed on the direct flight from Los Angeles, United States, to Melbourne, Australia.
This means that all players on the plane will now have to spend 14 days in solitary confinement in their hotel room, unable to carry out the training program. Unfortunately, the same thing also happened on another plane: it is the EY8004 direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, on which a positive person was found in Australia.
Also in this case, the 64 passengers (including 23 players, especially from the WTA Tour) will be subjected to the same treatment, having now to spend two weeks in quarantine without being able to move. As reported on the Australian website The Age, it is difficult to avoid the impression that tennis players come here at the expense of Australians stranded abroad and exposed to the pandemic.
It's also odd that Victoria could find places for tennis stars as her residents are stranded in NSW and Queensland due to its harsh border closures. Health Minister Martin Foley said he understood the frustration of the Victorians stranded in Sydney or Brisbane, which are still considered red zones by the state government, but he didn't want to risk another outbreak in the state of Victoria.