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The Life of Rafael Nadal

He's the unrivaled king of clay and among the greatest players ever. This is the story of Rafael Nadal. 🎾

Meet Rafael Nadal

Tennis and sports life in general have been my passion, all my life since I was a kid. He’s the greatest clay court player in the history of tennis…He’s Rafael Nadal. Born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Spain, he dreamed of following in the footsteps of his uncle Miguel Ángel Nadal, a soccer player best known for playing with FC Barcelona. At 3, another uncle, Toni, began coaching him.

Rafael Nadal can use both hands comfortably. He writes and eats with his right hand and plays tennis with his left. At 13, he won the famous Les Petits As tournament in Tarbes, France. At 19, he won his first French Open. Many other victories in Paris followed. That same year, he appeared for the first time with his girlfriend, Xisca, whom he’d known since his childhood in Majorca. At 20, a foot injury almost compromised his career. He considered becoming a professional golfer, like the only athlete he idolized, Tiger Woods.

At 22, he took the men’s world no. 1 ranking from his top rival, Roger Federer. That same year, with his mother, he created the Fundación Rafa Nadal. Its goal is to use athletics and related values to help disadvantaged children in Spain and India. At 24, he opened the Rafa Nadal Tennis School in Anantapur, in one of India’s poorest regions.

At 31, he sued French politician Roselyne Bachelot, who had accused him of doping. The former sports minister was ordered to pay damages and interest totaling $11,000. Nadal donated the money to charitable organizations in France. In 2018, he helped with rescue efforts after a flood on his island of Majorca left 12 dead.

When on the court he has a series of rituals that have become well-known to tennis fans. At the French Open, he says he always uses the same locker, no. 159. He always takes a cold shower before his matches. When he enters a court, he never steps on the white lines. He arranges his water bottles in a specific order, and he bites each of the trophies he wins. Today, Rafael Nadal has one of the highest numbers of titles in tennis.

Brut.

06/04/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 06/04/2019 1:43 PM
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208 comments

  • Erlangga
    06/04/2019 10:36

    Miguel Nadal is soooo way more look like antonio banderas 😂😂

  • Brut
    06/04/2019 13:31

    Cultural Icon. Women's ambassador. 23-time Grand Slam champion. There's only one Serena Williams — this is her story. 🎾6

  • Antonio M.
    06/04/2019 20:48

    El Matador

  • Maria A.
    06/04/2019 22:10

    ¡¡¡El mejor de estos tiempos. ¡¡RAFA NADAL!!!

  • حسام ا.
    06/05/2019 13:24

    اسطوره

  • Ali A.
    06/05/2019 17:14

    😍

  • Atif I.
    06/05/2019 17:58

    U can argue whether he is GOAT or not but u cann't argue he is the most humble champion

  • حسن ا.
    06/05/2019 18:08

    اعشقه لحد الجنون😘

  • Ali S.
    06/05/2019 20:36

    Legende

  • Jean-jacques K.
    06/05/2019 21:31

    Mon tenisman preferé

  • عبد ا.
    06/05/2019 22:27

    مبدع لقد احببني في التنس الارضي

  • عبد ا.
    06/06/2019 07:06

    اعظم لاعب على الملاعب الترابية المللك نادال

  • Ali S.
    06/06/2019 12:36

    ملك التنس لا جدال

  • Ahmed A.
    06/06/2019 13:00

    رغم أني مشجع روجر و لكن أحترم هذا اللاعب جدا ،، متعني في كثير من المباريات

  • Yacine K.
    06/06/2019 16:47

    Le plus grand sur terre battue.

  • Kim M.
    06/06/2019 21:37

    Terrific achievement!!!

  • Aayan W.
    06/07/2019 08:58

    what a man what a player one of the greatest of all times 🙌

  • Aayan W.
    06/07/2019 08:58

    what a man what a player one of the greatest of all times 🙌

  • Akilan S.
    06/07/2019 15:14

    . Watch this

  • Anup M.
    06/07/2019 15:29

    I m very happy that i born in the era of federer nadal messi ronaldo