Rafael Nadal made tennis history by reaching the remarkable 6,000-day mark.
Rafael Nadal, who holds a joint-record of 20 Grand Slam victories, has now added to his list of accomplishments.
Despite being sidelined by an extended ailment, Rafael Nadal has attained a significant milestone in his career. Since reaching the top echelons of the rankings on April 25, 2005, the Spaniard has spent 6,000 consecutive days in the world’s top ten.
Nadal finished his 2021 season ahead of the US Open, having barely competed since losing in the Roland Garros semi-finals.
The world No. 6 subsequently pulled out of Wimbledon and the Olympics, later explaining that he had worsened a left foot injury during the clay-court Grand Slam and planned to return during the North American hard-court swing.
He then traveled to Canada for the Toronto Masters before withdrawing ahead of his first match and flying home to consult with his personal doctor. He then played the ATP 500 in Washington for the first time in his career, winning one tight three-setter and losing another, and then travelled to Canada for the Toronto Masters before withdrawing ahead of his first match and flying home to consult with his personal doctor.
Later, the Spaniard announced on social media that he had decided to end his season and withdraw from the US Open in order to give his left foot time to rest and recover properly, adding that he had undergone a “medical operation.”
Despite just winning one match since June and finishing his season, the 20-time Grand Slam winner has remained in the top ten throughout his injury troubles, not just in 2021 but throughout his career.
Nadal has now sat in the world’s top 10 for 6,000 days in a row, having never dropped out of the top ten since he first joined the top ten as an 18-year-old on April 25, 2005.
It’s a monumental achievement for any player, but especially so given the Spaniard’s injury problems during his career.
In recent years, the former world No. 1 has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open, US Open, Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Paris, as well as the year-end ATP Finals, due to wrist injuries. In 2018, he played just eight tournaments due to hip, knee, abdominal, and ankle injuries, retiring or withdrawing from the Australian Open, US Open, Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Paris, and the year-end ATP Finals.
Due to injury, the 35-year-old pulled out of Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Paris in 2019. “Brinkwire News Summary.”