Saturday , September 26 2020

Rafael Nadal defeats Stefanos Tsipipas in the final of the ATP World Tour – Live Reaction! | Sports


First of all, thank Chris for everything. It is a great honor to receive this trophy from you. Thank you so much for all the good things you have done for our sport.

Honestly, what can I say? I'm super happy. Honestly, after all my career-ending injuries, I never thought at 33 and a half years ago that I would ever have this trophy in my hands again. So, it's something really, really emotional for me. A lot of shadow work to be where we are today and without my whole team and family being with me, this job would be impossible. So I can say thank you very much for your support.

Have you been to bad times and always been there, so … Honestly, like this year, for example, after Monte Carlo [note: Nadal considered momentarily stepping away from the sport after the constant injuries broke his confidence], after the support of all these people who are here on the left, things will be very different for me this year. They have encouraged me to continue and I cannot thank them enough. Thank you a lot.

Well, to all the fans and all the ATP staff … let's start with the ATP staff. We have a great tour. All workers make us feel great every week around the world. So many thanks to all the people who work on ATP and make players and fans enjoy a great tour, so thank you so much to everyone on the ATP Tour. Thank you.

It's a little difficult! [Nadal had been carrying the huge trophy, then he put it down.]

Lastly, this trophy is a year-round achievement. So, personally today I can't thank you all for supporting this personal match and all the time I played here in London. But at the same time I have to say, because it's something I really feel from the bottom of my heart, to all the fans around the world who support me every week that I play, right? It's hard to describe the feeling when you're in court. When you go and feel the support and love of many people. So just thank you very much on all sides.

Of course, all sponsors, all people who believe in our sport. Thank you a lot. We try to do things in the best way possible and I hope all sponsors are happy with our sport. Thank you very much for supporting our sport.

And, good guys, I don't know if I'll see you tomorrow because it depends on the afternoon game! But I did all the things I could today. I fought to the end: Two days ago today. So if I can play in front of you against Roger, it will be a huge honor. If not, I really hope to see you next year.

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