“You fight, you try your best, but if you lose, you don’t have to break five racquets and smash up the locker room. You can do those things, but when you’ve finished, nothing’s changed. You’ve still lost!”
Rafael Nadal Parera is full name.
Nicknamed “Rafa” and "The King of Clay".
Plays tennis with left hand and writes with right (uncle made him to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the court). Used to play with 2-handed forehand and backhand before his uncle made him change at age 9 or 10 to a 1-handed forehand.
Growing up, was inspired by Goku in his favorite Japanese anime, Dragon Ball (CNN called him "the Dragon Ball of tennis" owing to his unorthodox style "from another planet").
Enjoys playing golf and poker (in 2014 played female No.1 ,Vanessa Selbst, in Monaco ).
Autobiography “Rafa”, published in August 2011, written with John Carlin.
Asteroid, discovered in 2003, was named after Nadal -“128036 Rafaelnadal”.
Appeared in Shakira’s music video for the song Gipsy.
Supports Real Madrid FC and RCD Mallorca.
At age 8, he was not only an under-12 regional tennis championship winner, but also a promising football player, and when he was 12, he won the Spanish and European tennis titles and continued playing both tennis and football.
Turned pro at age 15, when the world No. 762 Nadal won his first ATP match.
By age 17, became the youngest man to reach the 3rd round at Wimbledon since Boris Becker, having beat Roger Federer for the 1st time.
At 18 years Rafael Nadal became the youngest player in a Davis Cup final and finished the year ranked No. 51 in the World.
Rafael Nadal 's Family and Private Life
The son of Sebastian, the owner of an insurance company, a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca, and restaurant, Sa Punta; and Ana María Parera, a housewife.
Began playing at age 3 after being introduced by uncle, Toni Nadal.
Younger sister, María Isabel.
Uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal , is a retired pro football player, who played for FC Barcelona, RCD Mallorca and Spanish national team (competed in 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup).
Founded the the Fundación Rafa Nadal in 2008 which has focus mainly on social work and development aid mostly on childhood and youth. In Oct. 2010, the Rafael Nadal Tennis School as part of his Foundation was opened, in Anantpur, India. It hosts tournaments, as well as laying equal emphasis on education and tennis training.
Nadal's mother, Ana Maria, father Sebastian, coach and uncle Toni Nadal and his agent Carlos Costa are also involved in this charitable organization.
Launched THE RAFA NADAL ACADEMY by Movistar in Mallorca in May 2016. It is a
high-performance training academy that combines high-level tennis and education with open or supervised residency schemes in weekly, monthly or annual programs.
In May 2015 was honoured by Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, with the “Medalla de Oro al Trabajo” (Gold Medal for Merit in Work), one of the top civilian honours in Spain.
Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo awarded Rafael with “Grand Vermeil” medal in May 2015, the highest distinction from Paris.
The European University of Madrid honored him with a doctoral degree, “Doctor Honoris Causa”.
Spain flag carrier at 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony.
Participated in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project. He planted a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej during his Thailand Open 2010.
Nadal and Mats Wilander are the only 2 tennis players in history who have won 2 Grand Slam titles on 3 surfaces: clay , grass and hard court.
Other Awards: Voted 2003 ATP Newcomer of the Year, 2005 Most Improved Player , named ATP No. 1 for three times (3x; 2008, 2010, 2013), Awarded with 2010 Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship, received 2011 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his donations through the Rafa Nadal Fundación, awarded with 2011 ATP Aces for Charity grant, member of ATP Player Council from June 2010-2012, Comeback Player of Year (2013), honored by Prince of Asturias with ESPY’s Best Male
International Athlete Award in 2008, BBC Overseas Sports in 2008, Personality of the Year Award in 2010, L’Equipe Champion of Champions Award in 2010 and 2013, “Legend Award” for 75th anniversary of Spanish sports daily Marca in November 2013.
Personal Team & Coaching
Works with fitness trainer and physiotherapist Rafael Maymo.
Works and travels some part of season with former ATP pro Francisco Roig.