Rafael Nadal signs prosthetic leg following win at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal said this prosthetic leg is “probably not” the strangest thing he’s ever signed. (Darren Rovell/Twitter)

Professional athletes sign a lot of things. Jerseys and other clothing items are pretty commonplace. So, too, are sports paraphernalia, like a ball or a bat or gloves. Babies are a bold choice but not unheard of.

But a prothetic leg? That’s downright strange.

Nevertheless, that’s what was asked of Rafael Nadal after he finished off unranked American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday at the All England Club. And the Spanish superstar obliged.


When asked if it was the strangest thing he’s ever signed, the No. 4 seed said, “Probably not” with a smile. And while having someone sign a prosthetic limb may be strange, it’s certainly not unprecedented. Mark McGwire also signed a prosthetic leg back in 2013.

We’ll have to wait and see if Nadal signing the leg brings him a championship, much like how Klay Thompson signing a toaster helped the Golden State Warriors win the 2017 NBA championship.