- Díaz Ayuso announces that tennis player Rafa Nadal will receive the Grand Cross of the Order of Dos de Mayo from the Community of Madrid.
This is what the Madrid president has advanced after visiting the municipalities of Guadalix de la Sierra and Patones de Abajo today, where she explained that she will give order to start all the procedures for the award of the highest distinction of recognition. Specifically, a report will be submitted to the Governing Council at its next meeting on Wednesday, November 18, to approve the decision. In this case, the Grand Cross is awarded by the Council of the
Order, chaired by Díaz Ayuso and made up of the entire Governing Council.
One of the best athletes in history
For the president, Nadal is “one of the best athletes in history, if not the best we have ever had” and has stressed that his career is “full of values and effort that we now so much need to remember all Madrid and the rest of the Spanish that we are living in such a difficult situation ”of pandemic.
It is done, therefore, as a “sign of gratitude and recognition” for his person, said Díaz Ayuso, who hopes to receive him at the Royal Post Office in a “short time” to be able to impose this “well-deserved award.” “It is a source of satisfaction, pride and joy”, reiterated the president of the Community of Madrid.
Nadal (Manacor, 1986) is one of the best tennis players in history, he has 20 Grand Slam, the one with the most in history with Roger Federer, with whom he is tied and is the only tennis player who has raised the cup 13 times Musketeers of Roland Garros. He has won 35 master 1000 titles, 5 Davis Cups with Spain, and 2 gold medals in the Olympic Games (one in individual, in Beijing 2008, and another in doubles, in Rio de Janeiro 2016). In addition, he has spent 207 weeks occupying the world number 1 in the ATP ranking.
Already in 2008 he received the I International Award of the Community of Madrid for his relevance in sport and his merits, not only in his profession but also on the human side. That same year he won, precisely, the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.
The Order of the Second of May has three degrees: Grand Cross, Commendation of Number and Cross, according to pre-eminence. It only has honorary effects and does not imply any financial benefit. It can be granted to natural and legal persons, and institutions, national and foreign, for acts or services relevant to citizens and in general for their contribution to political, economic, cultural, or social progress.
Different personalities from the world of sports have received this recognition. This is the case of Francisco Fernández Ochoa, who obtained it posthumously; the motorcycling world champion Ángel Nieto, the tennis player Manuel Santana, the cyclist Alberto Contador, the skater Javier Fernández, the basketball player Felipe Reyes, or the soccer coach Vicente del Bosque, among others.