Rafa Nadal is the king of Roland Garros. Nobody doubts that. The only thing that changes these days are the adjectives to describe what the Spaniard has achieved in Paris. Feat, epic, heroic... these are some of the words that flood the covers of the sports and general media around the world.
In France there is no question about who should be on the front page. More if possible for the most prestigious sports newspaper in Gallic territory. L'Equipe opens its full-page newspaper with Nadal holding the Musketeers' Cup along with the headline "Pour L'eterrenite" (For eternity, in French) playing on the word 'earth' in reference to the surface where he has achieved his fourteenth trophy.
Despite the great sporting rivalry between Spain and France, since the first title won in 2005, 'L'Equipe' has without fail put Nadal on the cover with each of its fourteen salad bowls. In fact, his beginnings in France were not the most comfortable, in which the stands booed him when he defeated the local tennis players.
In Italy, what happened recently on the Philippe Chatrier track has not gone unnoticed either. The 'Gazzetta dello Sport' takes out in its header a photo of Nadal next to the Musketeers Cup along with thirteen other images of him lifting the trophy, from the first achieved in 2005 to 2022.
For its part, 'Tuttosport', another of the great references of Italian sports journalism, has a skirt at the bottom of its cover with the already mythical photo of the Mallorcan biting the cup along with the headline "The legend, 14 finals and 14 wins at Roland Garros. At the same time, he describes the way in which he achieved victory, highlighting the chronic injury suffered by the player: «Rafa easily finished (Casper) Ruud in three sets. At 36 years old, in pain, he has written another page of tennis history, perhaps the last, and has 22 Grand Slams ».
On the other side of the Atlantic, in a country where football is everything, a place was also reserved for Nadal. His enormous triumph deserved it. The quintessential sports newspaper in Argentina, 'Olé', headlines on the cover: "Eternal Nadal" along with a photograph only surpassed in size by, of course, Leo Messi and the five goals scored with his team. The Argentine generalist newspaper 'Clarín' also highlights the Balearic player and headlines: "Nadal, feat at Roland Garros", while underlining that he has become the tennis player with the most titles in Paris and Grand Slam.
Perhaps one of the few Western countries where Nadal's title has gone unnoticed is the United Kingdom. And it is for no other reason than the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.