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Nadal Named Honourary Citizen Of Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Rafael Nadal received Madrid’s highest honour, named Honourary Citizen and Adopted Son in a special ceremony Monday at Cibeles Palace.

Madrid mayor Ana Botella presented the defending Mutua Madrid Open champion with a medal in recognition for his “outstanding sporting career and his close and continuing relationship with the city of Madrid through engagement with sports and the promotion of its values”.

“It’s a very special day for me and I’m grateful for this honour,” said Nadal to an audience including council members, Tournament Director Manuel Santana and owner Ion Tiriac. “I first wish to thank my family, team, friends and everyone that has helped me in my career and that are by my side at all times.

“I want to share this distinction with the citizens of Madrid. I feel very close to Madrid because I love the city and also because the people here always support me in a big way.”

Nadal has a 30-8 match record at the Mutua Madrid Open, and is looking to win the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for a fourth time following triumphs in 2005, ’10 and ’13.

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