Rafael Nadal, 24, from Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, is one of the most impressive tennis players around. A former number one, Nadal, is by far the best clay court player ever to play the sport. He has one four straight titles at Roland Garros until his devastating defeat to Robin Soderling. Fortunately, he was able to redeem himself today as he faced off against Soderling winning a fifth 2010 French Open title. Want to know more about Rafael Nadal? Listed here are some fun and interesting facts to help you get to know him better.
Fun and Interesting Facts About Rafael Nadal
Full name: Rafael Nadal Parera, nickname Rafa.
Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, an island in Spain, where he currently resides.
Rafael Nadal began his pro career in 2000. He is a former number one. He spent 160 weeks ranked just behind Roger Federer, finaling topping him in August 2008.
He is coached by his Uncle Toni, who he began playing tennis with at the age of four.
His father, Sebastian, is the co-owner of Sa Punta Restaurant located in the Son Servera area of Majorca. He is also the owner of a glass and window business. Nadal’s mother’s name is Ana Maria. He has one younger sister named Maria Isabel.
He is the founder of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, a non-profit children and young adults charity that uses sport and education to better the lives of those in need. Most recently, the foundation teamed up with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation and constructed a school and three-court tennis center for 150 students in Anantapur, India.
Rafael Nadal plays left-handed but writes right-handed. He is the first leftie to be ranked number one since John McEnroe in 1984. He is also the first Spaniard to hold a number one tennis ranking.
Rafael Nadal is considered the best clay court tennis player to every play the sport successfully winning 81 matches in a row, an Open Era single season record. The streak lasted from April 2005 until May 2007.
The 2008 Wimbledon final is considered one of the best tennis finals ever. Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer for the title. Federer has become Nadal’s number one rival over the years.
Rafael Nadal has won 39 titles in his career.