15 Amazing facts about Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player. He was born on 3 June 1986 in Spain. Rafael Nadal has won a total of 20 Grand Slam titles in his professional tennis career so far. Apart from this, in 2008, he also won the Olympic gold medal in tennis singles. His professional tennis career began in 2001. In 2008, he achieved the number one ranking in tennis singles for the first time. However, he was troubled by injuries several times in his professional tennis career. Rafael Nadal is considered one of the best male tennis player ever. Today we will tell you, 15 Things you did not know about Rafael Nadal
15 intersting facts about Rafael Nadal
1. Rafael Nadal won the Laureus world Sports award for sportsman of the year in 2011
Rafael Nadal won the Laureus world Sports award for Sportsman of the year in 2011. It is one of the biggest awards given in the field of sports. Winning this award is equivalent to winning an Oscar award as an actor.
2. At the age of 8, Rafael Nadal begin practicing with his left hand
You will be surprised to know that Rafael Nadal used to practice tennis with his left hand till the age of 8 years. He used to do this at the behest of his coach. Because his coach wanted to strengthen both his hands. And it helps them a lot in tennis matches.
3. At age 12, Rafael Nadal chose to pursue a career in tennis over football
By the age of 12, Rafael Nadal loved playing tennis as well as football. But he chose tennis as a career. He is also an excellent football player.
4. Nadal defeated Federer at the 2008 Wimbledon
In the finals of the 2008 Wimbledon tournament, Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer to claim the title. It is one of the best matches in the history of tennis. And Rafael Nadal also considers this match to be the best match of his life.
5. Nadal has a current net worth of around $180 million
Net worth: $180 million
Source of wealth: Tennis and Endorsements
Sponsors: Babolat, Kia motors, Richard Mille, Nike, Santander, Telefonica
Currently, Rafael Nadal has a net worth of $180 million.
6. Rafael Nadal Wife
Rafael Nadal married his girlfriend Xisca perello in the year 2019. According to reports, Rafael Nadal and Xisca perello had been dating each other for the last 12 years. And in the year 2019, both of them got married.
7. Rafa defended his uncle for being accused as a sexist
In the year 2014, Uncle Toni Nadal of Rafael Nadal was charged with a lot of offensive allegations. For this he faced a lot of criticism. However Rafael Nadal defended the allegations leveled against his uncle Toni Nadal.
8. Nadal criticizes the league for awarding equal prize money to both gender athletes
Rafael Nadal criticized the league for giving equal prize money to female and male tennis players. He believes that prize money matches should be given on the basis of viewership. He told that matches of male tennis players get more viewers than women tennis players.
9. Rafael Nadal claims that too much play on hard surfaces increases the chance of injury
Rafael Nadal claimed that playing tennis on hard surfaces for a long time greatly increases the risk of injury. Rafael Nadal also attracted the attention of tennis organizers. He said that long-term play on hard surfaces can end players' careers due to injury.
10. Rafael Nadal purchased of customized yacht worth upwards of $3.5 million
Rafael Nadal bought yacht in September 2015 for a value of $3.5 million. This yacht was full of all amenities.
11. In 2018 withdraw from the US open semifinals due to a knee injury
In 2018, Rafael Nadal was ruled out of the semi-finals of the US Open tennis tournament due to a knee injury. This was the third time in his tennis career that he had to leave the match due to injury during the match.
12. Nadal's left arm is substantially bigger than his right
Rafael Nadal's left hand is larger than his right hand. In childhood, Rafael Nadal used to practice tennis with his left hand. Presently, he plays tennis equally with both his right and left hands. According to medical reports Rafael Nadal's left arm biceps is 4 cm larger than the right hand.
13. Rafael Nadal Become the 1st player (male or female) to amass 400+ match wins on both clay and hard courts
Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player to win 400+ matches in both hard and clay courts. This record made by him shows that he is a great tennis player. Rafael Nadal became the first tennis player to achieve this feat.
14. Golf is one of Rafael Nadal's favourite Hobbies
Rafael Nadal is an excellent football player along with tennis. But apart from all this, Rafael Nadal loves playing golf. He himself is also a great golfer. He enjoys playing golf during the holidays.
15. In 2008 Rafael Nadal launched the RafaNadal foundation
In 2008, Rafael Nadal launched his own charitable foundation 'RafaNadal foundation'. The main objective of this foundation is to advance young children in education and sports. Through this foundation, Rafael Nadal financially helps poor children to pursue education and sports.