This week’s Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Rafael Nadal, Shingo Kunieda, and Nejc Žnidarčič.


Gold: Rafael Nadal
(Spain, Tennis)

Injured and at 36, he won his record-extending 14th Roland Garros, beating Casper Ruud (NOR) with a seemingly easy 6–3, 6–3, 6–0. With the win, Nadal now moves two Grand Slam wins ahead of Novak Djokovic (SRB) -who he beat in the quarterfinals- and Roger Federer (CHE) on the all-time Men’s singles wins list.

This was not the only spectacular result at Roland Garros. In the women’s singles, Iga Świątek (POL) extended her winning streak to 25 matches, by being above everyone else. She also cruised over Coco Gauff (USA) with 6–1, 6–3. Gauff had lost the Women’s doubles the previous day, against locals Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic (FRA).

The Men’s Doubles was historic for two countries, as Marcelo Arévalo (ESA) and Jean-Julien Rojer (CUW) won the tournament. Ena Shibahara /JPN) and Wesley Koolhof (NED) won Mixed Doubles.

Watch the Men’s singles Finals highlights (Roland Garros)

Silver: Shingo Kunieda
(Japan, Wheelchair Tennis)

Shingo Kunieda (JPN) won a record-extending 27th Grand Slam in Men’s Singles, which now extends his record in wheelchair tennis to 48 Grand Slams won. A record in tennis.

Diede de Groot (NED) won a tenth-consecutive Grand Slam title in Women’s Singles, and with Aniek van Koot (NED) a fourth in a row in Women’s Doubles.

In Quads, Niels Vink (NED) did the double, taking the Singles and Doubles, with Sam Schröder (NED) as a foe and partner.

Watch a spotlight on Wheelchair tennis at Roland Garros

Bronze: Nejc Žnidarčič
(Slovenia, Canoe/Kayak)

Won the kayak sprint -for a sixth time, and fourth in a row, both records-, in the Wildwater Canoeing World Championships. This makes him the second winningest competitor in history of this Championship, and number one on kayak.