Rafael Nadal – the pride of Spain

In the autumn of 2013 he became the number one tennis player in the world and is considered one of the most outstanding athletes of our time.

Country: Spain
Date of Birth: 06/03/1986
Physical data: Height – 1m 85 cm; Weight – 85 kg
Leading Hand: Left
Strike the right: two-handed
Coach: Toni Nadal

Rafael Nadal (Rafael Nadal Parera) was born in Mallorca (Spain) in the town of Manacor in 1986. His father – a businessman of an average hand, a restaurant owner and an insurance agency. Mum was a housewife all my life, until in 2007, not led the charity Foundation Rafael Nadal (main activity – assistance to the needy, as well as the sponsorship of sports clubs for children from poor families). Raphael has a younger sister Maria Isabel.

Love to tennis he instilled his uncle Tony (father’s brother). Then Rafe (as he was called home) was only three years.
Home sports career

In 1994, Rafael won an eight-year regional tennis championship at the age of 12 years. In addition, he enjoyed playing football. This time, look through the influence of his second uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal – a famous football player, “Barcelona” and “Mallorca”. Later Rafa has made a choice in favor of a rubber ball and began to seriously engage in tennis. And when the boy was 14 years old, Spain’s Tennis Federation is so interested in them that he offered to pay the further training, but for that he needed to move to Barcelona. Father refused the offer, taking care of all the expenses.

With 15 years Rafael Nadal became a professional tennis player. In this role, he first defeated Ramon Dalgado. Thus, from 2001 it began its triumphal way to the top.
Victory in the Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament Singles Doubles
Australian Open 2009 2004 2005 (3 terms)
French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Wimbledon 2008 2010 2005 (2 terms)
US Open 2010 2013 2004 (semi-finals)

At the beginning of his athletic career, he was the World No. 762, a year later he took the 50 th place, and today is considered to be the former first racket of the world. At 18, Nadal has won the Davis Cup, where he was the youngest tennis player who ever won in this tournament. In 2006, won Wimbledon in 2008 in Beijing, Rafa won the Olympic gold medal in singles, and in 2010, became the first racket of the world. At the end of 2011 was a Davis Cup.

The following year, Nadal lost to Djokovic in the Australian tournament, and in 2013 took the win at the US Open. In general, during 2013, he spent 17 tournaments, fourteen of which reached the final and won ten times.

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