Maximum normality message. This is the first image of Philip VI after the repercussion that the photograph with his father had at the funeral of Elizabeth II. Smiling, relaxed and together Rafael Nadal. The monarch has given the Manacori tennis player the Camino Real award, as a universal Spaniard and in recognition of his legendary sports career. It was this Tuesday, September 20, at the University of Alcalá de Henares, in Madrid (UAH).

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The tennis player, who this fall will debut as a father with his wife, Xisca Perelló, is the history of Spanish sport with his 22 Grand Slams. The Head of State, with a big smile, has received him with an affectionate hug. Later, he presented him with the Camino Real distinction, on behalf of the UAH’s Franklin Institute, in gratitude for his work as ambassador of the Spain brand in the United States.

In addition, this Wednesday 21 Felipe VI has another sporting event: he will receive Carlos Alcaraz at the Zarzuela Palace. Along with the Murcian will also be his fellow winners in the different categories of the US Open 2022: the Madrilenian Martin Landaluce, who at 16 years old won the junior category; and the Vigo Martin of the Bridgewho at 23 was proclaimed wheelchair doubles champion along with Frenchman Nicolas Peifer.

With his triumph in the USA, Alcaraz, 19, has become the youngest number 1 in history with his victory against Ruud in the final of the US Open.