Sporting Life

The greatest competitor in sport? Nadal, of course

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his 14th French Open title on June 5, 2022. PHOTO: NYTIMES
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

There should be a scale in sport which can measure the magnitude of intensity. A sort of sporting Richter. We could call it the Nadal Scale. Because he's the standard by which we could measure everyone's competitiveness.

Desire isn't any particular athlete's prerogative, it's the essence of champions. They win with fever, hangovers, torn ligaments and a few months after giving birth. In an article in, Charles Howell III told stories about Tiger Woods competing to see who eats the most bagels. The competitive switch often has no Off position.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.