Rafa Latest To Take ALS Challenge
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal is the latest high-profile member of the tennis community to take the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS.
The Spaniard had been nominated by golfer Tiger Woods, Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Marc Marquez, and Alejandro Sanz to join in the campaign to raise awareness and funds to eradicate ALS, a disease currently with no known cure.
Prior to completing the challenge, the World No. 2 nominated former World No. 1 Carlos Moya, swimmer Mireia Belmonte and retired Brazilian footballer Ronaldo to join him in the fight.
Other ATP World Tour players have completed the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS in the days since the fundraising and awareness campaign went viral, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez, Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Rohan Bopanna, Michael Russell, Eric Butorac, Tommy Haas and Nick Kyrgios.
ALS has affected the tennis family in recent years. Former ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett passed away on 3 May, 2013, after his battle with the disease, which has no cure. Former ATP pro Jerome Golmard is currently fighting the disease, and WTA staff member Angie Cunningham has also been diagnosed.