Rafael Nadal will always have a home at Roland Garros after a statue honouring the 13-time tournament champion was unveiled on Thursday.

Spain’s king of clay was on hand for the ceremony, with his steel likeness to stand at a high-traffic point on the grounds. The Jardin des Musquetaires location already houses statues dedicated to French WWI aviator Roland Garros – for whom the complex is named – plus the four Musketeers: Borotra, Brugnon, Cochet and Lacoste.

The Nadal statue depicts the Spaniard in full flight during a stroke; it stands 3 metres tall, 4.89 metres wide and 2 metres deep.

Nadal holds the all-time record for success at the tournament with his 13 titles. The statue was done by one of Spain’s best artists, Jordi Díez Fernandez.

Main photo: Rafa Nadal poses with his artwork by Christophe Guibbaud/FFT

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