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Nadal turns 34: Paris Postponement Gives Rafa Rare Chance to Party

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Rafael Nadal is usually on course for yet another French Open title on his birthday but the legendary Spaniard has an opportunity to let his hair down this year.

 

Nadal has become accustomed to celebrating becoming a year older in Paris, yet he was unable to continue his love affair with Roland Garros on his 34th birthday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While French Open organisers are hoping the tournament can start in September, 19-time grand slam champion Nadal is among the players who have doubted whether there will be any more tennis at the highest level this year.

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Nadal revealed last year that he partied harder on the rare occasions he was not en route to winning his favourite major on his special day.

As the ‘King of Clay’ celebrates in his native Mallorca rather than the French capital, we look at some of the numbers from what has been an astonishing career to date.

0 – Nadal has never been taken to five sets in a French Open final.

2 – The number of defeats the left-handed great has suffered at Roland Garros compared to an astonishing 93 victories.

5 – The tally of major successes he has achieved since turning 30.

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11 – He was the first player to win 11 titles at three different tournaments as a result of his domination in Paris, Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

12 – The record number of French Open titles Nadal has to his name. Also a record for any Tour-level event.

17 – Nadal has won a set with a double bagel on as many as 17 occasions at Roland Garros.

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19 – He was only 19 when winning his maiden grand slam title on his French Open debut.

24 – It is a decade since Nadal became the youngest man in the Open Era to complete a career Grand Slam.

33 – Nadal went on to end last year at the top of the rankings aged 33, the oldest player to achieve that feat.

50 – The Spanish superstar broke John McEnroe’s record by winning 50 consecutive sets on clay before Dominic Thiem ended that run at the Madrid Open two years ago.

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Nigerians Reacts as Tompolo makes first public appearance after six years amidst #EndSARS Protest

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Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has made his first public appearance after hiding for six years
Photos and video of Tompolo have surfaced on social media in the last few days.

Some social media users have been speaking on the timing of Tompolo’s reappearance amidst the ongoing unrest in the country.

Ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has made his first public appearance after hiding for six years.

Tompolo, who led the disbanded Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), went into hiding in 2015.

At the time, the former militant leader was facing trial in an alleged N45.5billIon fraud case.

Tompolo makes first public appearance after six years.

A picture of his appearance showed the former warlord and his friends dancing, worshipping, and offering Thanksgiving to Egbesu, an Ijaw god.

“Tompolo probably came out as part of their annual festivities. Make una no dey find war for where war no dey abeg.”

“Fear the name Tompolo but he’s not here to fight, do be calm but his appearance is a strong message to federal government.

“He’s the general commander of all Niger Delta militant. They need to fear him because he can cripple government under two days.”

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