Two tennis stars featured in 2022’s Time 100 released this week, with NFL legend Tom Brady and Chinese activist Lu Pin profiling Rafael Nadal and Peng Shuai, respectively.
Nadal broke new ground in the golden era of men’s tennis by becoming the first of his Big 3 cohorts to reach 21 major titles, surpassing Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the 2022 Australian Open.
“I admire athletes who push themselves to the limit, and I’m absolutely inspired every time Rafa takes the court,” wrote Brady. “There’s something to be learned from watching his determination, his strategy, everything that it takes for him to never take any moment for granted. He’s forever going to be remembered as one of the very best athletes in all of sports.”