"I'm pretty sure I've lost my vehicle keys 35 times this year".
Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year.
Winners are normally given a small trophy to keep.
A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal's fire and, despite Wawrinka's best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris's favorite Spaniard.
But the barrel-chested "Stanimal" was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his clayclourt supremacy - taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.
Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete "La Decima" on Sunday. They did let out a burst of claps and roars in the second set on one particularly exquisite display: Nadal sprinted to his left to chase Wawrinka's cross-court backhand wide of the doubles alley and whipped a forehand that curved around the net post and landed near a line for a victor.
Straw hats and fans were de rigueur for an expectant Court Philippe Chatrier as the final began with temperatures hovering around the 30 degrees Celcius mark - ideal conditions for Nadal's trademark monstrous topspin game.
- Nadal dropped just 35 games in his seven matches at this year's French Open.
After netting a forehand in the second set, Wawrinka pounded his racket on his head several times.
Wawrinka had to be aggressive but he was making far too many unforced errors - 17 in the first set alone.
The men's final at the French Open is underway. Nadal loves the process as much as he loves the result. Wawrinka won the 2015 French Open, one of his three major championships.
After losing just his second match here against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2015, Nadal was forced to pull out ahead of the third round previous year with a left wrist injury. That's the second most of any men's player, trailing only Roger Federer.
Kuerten was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.
He is also widely regarded as one of the few players capable of disrupting the fourth-seeded Nadal at Roland Garros.
It's hard to quantify what a 10 French Open title for Rafael Nadal actually means. It's a moniker that is not worthy of his relentless dominance of Roland Garros.
They also won the Australian Open in 2015 and this January, along with the U.S. Open last September.
Wawrinka added his congratulations, saying: "Nothing to say about today, you were too good". The sun was shining, there was barely a trace of cloud in the bright blue sky and the temperature was about 85 degrees (30 Celsius).
Nadal got a time violation at the start of the second, but Wawrinka could not slow the Spaniard's charge as he bounded into a 3-0 lead in the second having won seven games in a row.