Have you ever heard about Rafael Nadal? A Spanish professional tennis player will be explained on Facts about Rafael Nadal. His full name is Rafael Nadal Parera. His fans usually call him “Rafa”. He was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Majorca, Spain. Rafael was interested in tennis after watching his uncle, Toni Nadal played it. After that, he learned how to play tennis at the age of 11. Here are ten interesting facts about Rafael Nadal.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 1: Early Life
Rafael started playing tennis in 1994 when he was three years old. Then, he won several tournaments at the age of twelve and became professional tennis player when he was fifteen years old.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 2: Family
Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera are Rafael’s parents. His father is a businessman and his mother is a housewife. Whereas Maria Isabel Nadal is a Rafael’s younger sister.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 3: King of Clay
Rafael is known as the King of Clay. It is because he can play very well on clay courts. That’s why many people consider him as the greatest clay-court tennis player in history.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 4: Miguel Angel Nadal
Miguel Angel Nadal is Rafael’s uncle. He is a Spanish socces star, who played for FC Barcelona, RCD Mallorca, and Spanish national team.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 5: Hobbies
There are many hobbies which is liked by Radael, including fishing, playing video games, and playing soccer.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 6: The Rafael Nadal asteroid
There is an asteroid which has been named after nadal. It is the Rafael Nadal asteroid which was dicovered in 2003.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 7: His achievements
There were many achievements that was gotten by Rafael. When he was 8 years old, he won an Under-12 regional tennis championship and the Spanish and European tennis titles at the age 12. Besides, he also reached the semifinals of the Boy’s Singles tournament at Wimbledon when he was 16 years old. At the age 17, he was the youngest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon. Furthermore, he won French Open singles title at 19 and became his first career.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 8: Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy
Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy is located in Mallorca, Spain. It offers progams to young players and education from the best tennis trainers. Besides, Rafa Nadal Academy is supported with the best facilities and high technology.
Facts about Rafael Nadal 9: Awards
There are many awards which were won by Rafael, including ATP Newcomer of the Year Award (2003), Golden Bagel Award, ATP Most Improved Player of the Year Award (2005), Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year (2006), Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, ATP World Tour Champion trophy, Best International Athlete ESPY Award (2008), Golden Bagel Award, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2009-2010), Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award, Laureus World Sports Awards, Sportsman of the Year (2011-2014).
Facts about Rafael Nadal 10: Left-handed
Naturally, Rafael is right-handed. However, his uncle Toni taught him to play left-handed when he was ten years old. That’s why he can write with his right hand and play tennis with left hand.
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