Santana would have celebrated his 82nd birthday in the Mutua final: “Thank you very much”

first_imgManolo Santana, pioneer and legend of Spanish tennis, turns 82 this Sunday. Born on Could 10, 1938 in Madrid, he celebrates it at his residence in Marbella as an alternative of earlier than the males’s closing of the Mutua Madrid Open, the place he would have been honored if the Masters 1,000 ATP and Premier Necessary WTA in the capital had been held this week at the Caja Mágica.This is not going to be the case resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the two-time winner of Roland Garros (1961 and 1964) and one in every of the US Open (1965) and Wimbledon (1966) handed away at dwelling. with his spouse, Claudia, who’s the one who solutions the telephone, a way by which congratulations have poured in, additionally on social networks, from establishments, personalities, colleagues, pals and admirers, who quantity in the hundreds. If the Mutua Open had not been postponed (may nonetheless be performed in 2020), it would not have been missed by the match’s honorary president, who gave up his place as director final yr to Feliciano López. Santana, an icon in Spain throughout the 1960s and past, chatted briefly with AS, with that attribute mushy and whispering voice that has left him the passage of time and the bustle of many journeys: “Right here I’m, in jail till the 18th,” he stated with good humor. “Absolutely I would have been in Madrid, however you have to adapt to the present state of affairs and resist all the things they throw at me,” he stated. “All the tennis folks have referred to as and texted me,” he defined, earlier than sending a message of affection to AS readers: “I like and admire them simply as they love me. Thank you very a lot.” Not way back, again in February, Santana took the racket to ramble for some time at the membership that bears his title. “I play each time I can, additionally at dwelling,” he confesses.Teledeporte dedicates this Sunday a particular (18:15) earlier than the reissue of the closing of the Madrid Open 2019 between Djokovic and Tsitsipas, which the Serbian received. Just a few days in the past, he made a short look on the public sports activities chain on the event of the re-broadcast of one other closing of the Spanish match, that of Nalbandián in opposition to Federer in 2007, with the Argentine’s victory. On the attainable celebration of the 2020 version, he’s not very optimistic: “I see it very troublesome.” Phrase of a genius. Completely satisfied birthday, Manolo! 🥳🎁We’d be celebrating at present 🎂 in the Magic Field earlier than the males’s closing, however we nonetheless hope you spend a day 🔝! For a lot of extra! ❤️– #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) Could 10, 2020last_img