TENNIS giant Rafael Nadal swapped tennis gear for a gown and fancy hat in Madrid to receive an honorary doctoral degree this week.
The 28-year-old managed to squeeze in a trip to the European University of Madrid before the Madrid Masters tennis event which he has won four times already and is the reigning champion.
The 14 Grand Slam champion wore a headpiece resembling a lampshade to receive the ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’.
In a speech following the ceremony he spoke of how central his family’s values and support have been to his success.
He was also presented with the ‘Working Medal of Honour’ by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in La Moncloa Palace.