Who is Rafael Nadal?
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the greatest clay court player in the world and one of two tennis players to win all four major leagues. His dominance on clay has earned him the title of "king of the clay". He is also an accomplished tennis player on all terrains, making him one of the greatest players in history. He has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles with a record 12 titles in the French Open, three US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title.
Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, in the Balearic Islands, Spain. He is currently 33 years old.
|Birth name||Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera|
|Nickname||Rafa, the king of clay, Rafi, the Spanish Raging Bull, El Nino|
|Birth date||June 3, 1986|
|Place of birth||Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain|
|Sign of the sun||Gemini|
Family and Education
Rafael Nadal is the eldest of the Spanish parents Ana María Parera and Sebastián Nadal Homar. His father is a businessman, owner of an insurance company, the glass and windows industry, Vidres Mallorca, and the restaurant, Sa Punta. Rafael has a younger sister named María Isabel. His family had already had a few athletes. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, was a professional footballer, while his other uncle, Toni Nadal, was himself a professional tennis player, who had introduced him to tennis at the age of three.
In 2015, Rafa received a doctorate "Doctor Honoris Causa" from the European University of Madrid.
Rafael Nadal girlfriend and love life
Rafael Nadal has a relationship with his Spanish girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello since 2005. They got engaged on April 21, 2010. It was announced in January 2019 that they would be getting married soon.
|size||Feet – 6 feet 0¼ inches|
Centimeters – 183.5 centimeters
Meters – 1.83 m
|Weight||Kilograms – 85 kg|
Books – 188 lbs
|Eye colour||Light brown|
|Hair color||Dark brown|
|Shoe size||11 (US)|
|Distinctive features||Large body|
Nadal is interested in playing sports very young and his uncle, Toni, taught him to play tennis at the age of three. At the same time, he was also playing football and at one point his father had made him choose between football and tennis. He chose tennis and he was quick to become a professional at 15 years old.
In 2002, Rafael Nadal earned his first ATP victory by upset Ramón Delgado and became the ninth player in the open era to do it before the age of 16. The following year, he became the youngest player after Boris Becker to reach the third round in his debut at Wimbledon.
He had just turned 19 when he won his first Grand Slam title at the French Open 2005. He beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals and would upset Mariano Puerta to win his first Grand Slam.
Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in 2008 to win his first title at Wimbledon. Several critics have described the match as the biggest final of Wimbledon, with some critics even qualifying this match as the biggest match in the history of tennis. It is because of the duration of the match that Nadal won on Federer in five sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7).
In 2009, he beat Roger Federer again to win his first Australian Open title. This time, they met on a hard surface, where he beat Federer in five sets, winning his first singles title on the hard ground Grand Slam. He also became the first Spaniard to win the Open of Australia. In 2010, he reached the final of the US Open without losing a set and won his first title at the US Open by upsetting Novak Djokovic. So, making him the second man after Andre Agassi to finish a career in the Golden Slam.
Left handed (two-handed backhand)
2001 (15 years old)
- Singles – N ° 1 (August 18, 2008)
- Double – No. 26 (August 8, 2005)
Grand Slam wins wins
- Australian Open – 2009
- French Open – 2005 – 2008, 2010 – 2014, 2017 – 2019
- Wimbledon – 2008, 2010
- US Open – 2010, 2013, 2017
Without a doubt, Rafael Nadal is one of the most profitable athletes in the world, who has been affiliated with several brands since becoming a professional. His lucrative sponsorship deals include Kia Motors, Nike, Richard Mille, PokerStars, Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, Lanvin, etc.
Rafael Nadal favorite things
- Food: Fish, Pasta, French Fries, Ice Cream, Chocolate Biscuits
- Football team – Real Madrid, FC Barcelona
- Japanese Anime – Dragon Ball
- Surface – Clay
- Tennis Player: Pete Sampras
- Movies: Gladiator, Titanic
- Performer: Alejandro Sanz, Bryan Adams, Bon Javi
- Hobbies: playing video games, football, fishing
Facts Rafael Nadal
He has been playing tennis since the age of three.
In 2003, at the age of 17, Nadal became the youngest tennis player to reach the third round at Wimbledon, after defeating Swiss player Roger Federer in the field.
In 2004, he became the youngest player to win a singles victory in a Davis Cup final for a winning country.
Nadal won the Golden Bagel Award in 2005 and won the highest all-time end-of-the-year ranking for a Spaniard and the most improved player of the year award at ATP.
In 2006, he won the Laureus World Sports Award for the breakthrough of the year.
Rafael won the Golden Bagel Award for the second time in 2009.
He holds a record of 12 Open of France, 11 Masters of Monte Carlo and 11 titles of Barcelona.
Nadal is the only player in the history of tennis to have won a Grand Slam and at least one Masters 1000 title for ten consecutive years from 2005 to 2014.
Kia Motors has been sponsoring it since 2006.
Nadal appeared in Shakira's "Gypsy" music video in February 2010.
In August 2011, Nadal's autobiography entitled Rafa was published by journalist John Carlin.
Nadal owns a 77-foot yacht called Beethoven.
At the 2014 French Open, he became the first man to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years, breaking the eight-year-old record previously shared by Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
By winning the French Open 2017, Nadal became the only man and the second overall to win a single Grand Slam tournament 10 times after Margaret Court.
On the social media front, Nadal has more than 14 million fans on Facebook, more than 13.6 million Twitter fans and more than 3.5 million fans on Instagram.