Congratulations to the King of Clay!


Last weekend, Rafael Nadal ended the French Open with a win against Novak Djokovich, securing his place as not only the top seed, but also arguably the best tennis player on clay.  This title makes nine total wins for Rafa at the Roland Garros Tournament, which is most wins for any single player in one tournament.  To honor the King of Clay, Nike Tennis created a life size sculpture of Rafa in one of his standard victory poses.  Of course, the statue was made in none other than red clay.  I’ll never forget when I first started watching Rafa play back when he still wore muscle tees and long shorts.  I still haven’t seen him play live, but I’m glad to be able to witness this history being made.  Congratulations to Rafa on shaping the history of Tennis and props to Nike for noticing!

King of Clay


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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