Rafael Nadal shares heartfelt message on late Manolo Santana


Rafael Nadal shares heartfelt message on late Manolo Santana

Rafael Nadal could not attend the funeral of Manolo Santana but he shared a heartfelt message on his social media. Spanish tennis legend Santana died on Saturday and his funeral took place on Monday evening. Nadal is preparing to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championships so he wasn't able to attend the funeral in Spain.

"Unfortunately, I can't be with you and you have no idea how sad I'm for being in Kuwait and have no chance to be with you on such a sad day," Nadal said. Santana was a four-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1.

"Today's a very, very tough day for the Spanish sport and for all the people who got to know him," Nadal said. "Manolo was an example in many things and, above all, he leaves a legacy forever. For all this and many more things, I can only say 'Thanks Manolo' and send a message of support to his family."

Nadal led tributes to Santana

Nadal was one of the first players to react to the Santana death.

"As I have said many times in the past, a thousand thank yous for what you did for our country and for marking the way for so many," Nadal said in a tribute on Saturday. "You were always a benchmark, a friend and a person close to all of us.

"We will miss you Manolo. You were always unique and special. "A hug to your family and a lot of strength at this time. We will never forget you." World No. 1 Novak Djokovic also paid a tribute to Sanatan. "Heartbreaking to just get the news about Manolo Santana," Djokovic tweeted.

"Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and all who loved him, which is so many. Thank you dear Manolo for paving the way, you will be missed and celebrated always! Rest In Peace legend!"

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