Nadal Awarded Second Conde De Godo Trophy
Spaniard's Barcelona achievements honored by tournament officials
Albert Agusti, president of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, and Javier Godo, Count of Godo in Barcelona, traveled to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Manacor, Spain, to award the World No. 1 player with his second silver replica of the trophy.
"There's no one better fit to receive this award in his own museum than Nadal," Agusti said.
Nadal received his first replica of the Conde de Godo trophy in 2009 following five consecutive Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell triumphs. In addition to his 10 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell titles, the Spaniard is also a 10-time champion of both the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and Roland Garros.
"(Nadal) is going to have to make room in this museum because there are surely more trophies to come,” Agusti said.
Godo backed Agusti's sentiments by jokingly suggesting that even by taking appropriate measures to keep another trophy from Nadal, no accolade is out of reach. "We'll shield off our tournament trophies from him but even then, nothing is safe from this guy."
Nadal, who confirmed he'll compete in the 66th edition of the tournament (23-29 April 2018) and would need another five event victories in Barcelona to add a third Conde de Godo trophy to his collection, was humble in his response.
"I'm very excited about this second big Barcelona trophy, but there will be no more," said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.