Rafael Nadal is a famous Spanish professional tennis player who is currently ranked No.1 in ATP’s Men’s tennis ranking. Nadal is considered to be the best ‘clay court’ player in the history of tennis.
Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera was born on June 3, 1986, in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain. His father, Sebastian Nadal, is a businessman who owns insurance, a glass, and a window company, and he also manages his own restaurant. His mother, Ana Maria Perera, is a housewife. He was raised with a younger sister, Maria Isabel.
Rafael Nadal comes from a family of professional sports personalities. His uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, was a professional football player who played for clubs like RCD Mallorca and FC Barcelona. Miguel also represented his national team. His other uncle, Toni Nadal, was a professional tennis player, it was Toni who introduced Rafael to tennis when Rafael was three.
Rafa started playing tennis at the age of three, and within no time, he was already the winner of the under-12 regional tennis tournament. It was his uncle, Tony who trained him, despite being a right-hander, his uncle taught him to play left-handed. His uncle extended his training hours, and by the age of twelve, Rafa won many tournaments.
Rafael Nadal is dating his longtime girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello, who is an insurance worker and a business graduate. She also serves as project director for the RafaelNadal Foundation, the charity launched by Rafael Nadal. The couple is yet to announce their engagement or wedding plans publicly.
Rafel Nadal also enjoys to play golf and football; he is a fan of the Spanish football club, Real Madrid.
At the age of 16, Rafa made his first appearance in the ‘Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)’ match and won it against the Paraguayan, Ramón Delgado. By doing that, he became the ninth tennis player to win the match before turning sixteen. Through his hard work, soon came the moment when he defeated Roger Federer for the first time at Miami Masters Championship.
Rafael Nadal defeated Andy Roddick in the final of the Davis Cup, winning the trophy for Spain in 2004. After this, Rafa won many tournaments including, Monte Carlo Masters, Rome Masters, etc. His biggest triumph came when he defeated the Argentinean, Mariano Puerta, in the French Open Finals. The same year, he won his ‘Grand Slam’ championship and moved up to third in the world ranking. He’s also the first player in history to have won a ‘Grand Slam.’
The year 2007 started on a bad note for Nadal; he lost a couple of games before gaining his winning ways back at the Indian Well Masters. But again, following year, he lost again at many tournaments, including the Australian Open. But in the same year, Nadal was victorious at the Wimbledon and French Open. He suffered a knee injury at the tournament in Rotterdam, which forced him to pull out of the tournament. He was out for several months, and it affected his game badly.
In 2010, after missing the Australian Open, Rafa made his comeback at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The same year he won French Open for the seventh time and gained a No.1 spot in the world rankings. He also won the US Open, achieving his ‘Career Grand Slam.’ In 2011, he was dropped to No.2 rank. In 2012, the situation got worst for him, after a knee injury and he was dropped to No.4 in the world ranking.
Then, Rafa got better every year, and recently in 2017, he won the French Open for the tenth time and US Open for the third time. Rafa is currently No.1 in the world ranking.
Awards & Achievements
Rafael Nadal has won many championships and was awarded many awards for his contribution to tennis. He was the winner of ‘ATP Newcomer of the Year.’ He was also awarded ‘ATP Most Improved Player of the Year’ and ‘Golden Bagel Award.’ His biggest achievement would be winning the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and ‘Laureus World Sports Award.’
Net Worth & Salary of Rafael Nadal
the estimated net worth of Rafael Nadal is approximately $200 million. Most of his net worth comes from his hard work and sheer dedication to the sport of tennis.
Rafael Nadal is one of the best tennis players in the history of the sport. He has worked hard right from childhood to achieve the success of this magnitude. Apart from being best in tennis, Rafa is also a good human being, who loves to donate part of his income to the charity.