Who is Rafael Nadal?
A Spanish professional tennis player Rafael Nadal is a famous player who is also known by his nickname Rafa which is given by his fans. He was a good athlete from his childhood days and played football as well as tennis. He also achieved many good titles during his junior career and finally pursued a career in tennis. His debut match for ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) was held in 2002, where he won his debut match. From that time to date, he has achieved many honorary and notable titles, awards. He also has held the record to win Grand Slam tournaments for 10 years in a row, which is the first record, and it has not been broken yet. Overall, his single career titles are 86, and double career titles are 11 to date.
|Full Name||Rafael Nadal Parera|
|Parents||Sebastian and Ana Maria Parera|
|Birth Date||June 3, 1986|
|Birth Place||Manacor, Spain|
|Age||34 years old|
|Height||6 feet and 1 inch (185cm/1.85m)|
|Weight||85 kg (187lbs)|
|Body Measurement||43-15-32 inches|
|Wife||Maria Francisca Perello Pascual|
|Net Worth||$180 million|
Rafael Nadal Parera was born as the eldest child of his parents Sebastian and Ana Maria Parera, on June 3, 1986, in Manacor, Spain. He also has two athletes in the family, an uncle named Miguel Angel, a soccer player, and Toni, a tennis player. He also has one younger sister named Maria Isabel. Rafael is currently 34 years old with a Gemini sun sign.
Nationality and Physical Stats
Rafael Nadal holds a Spanish nationality, and per his ethnicity, he is Hispanic, belonging to Spanish descent. He does not follow any religion as he is an agnostic atheist. Besides this, he stands 6 feet and 1 inch (185cm/1.85m) tall and weighs around 85 kg (187lbs). He has an athletic body type measuring 43-15-32 inches, respectively. Rafael has dark brown colored eyes and hair.
Rafael Nadal was just three years old when he played tennis under the influence of his uncle. He is a left-hander player despite his right-hand behavior in every work. Rafael received and won many titles by the age of 12, and he began his professional career in tennis from the age of 15. He enrolled at the European University of Madrid and graduated from there in 2015.
Rafael Nadal is in a long-term relationship with his sweetheart Maria Francisca Perello Pascual since 2005, and in 2019 October, he tied a knot with her.
Rafael Nadal is active in his social media accounts with a huge fan following. His Instagram handle (@rafaelnadal) has 10.1 million followers, and his Twitter account (@RafaelNadal) has 15.7 million followers. Likewise, his official Facebook page has 14.2 million likes and 14.7 million followers.
Rafael Nadal received his training from his uncle in tennis, and when he was 8 years old, he won under a 12-regional championship, and when Rafael was 12, he received titles of Spanish and European in tennis. In 2002, Rafael started his professional career, and at that time, he was just 15 years old. Nadal then joined the ITF junior circuit and won his ATP match for the first time of world No 762. He then showed his victory in his 6 singles tournament of the ITF junior event. The next year, he was positioned at no 49, and he also did his Wimbledon debut. There he became the youngest player to reach the third round of Wimbledon.
He also defeated his victory in Croatia Open in Umag in both single and double. In 2004, he played in the Australian Open and reached the third round. Likewise, he also played in Prokom Open, and there he won his ATP single title. This year, he was positioned in number 51. The initial year of 2005 was unlucky for him as he lost the Australian Open and Miami Open, but after that, he showed his victory in 24 matches in a row of a single tournament. He won the French Open in 2005 and became the first teenager to win that title.
In 2006 again, Rafael Nadal showed his second victory in French Open against Roger Federer and was positioned at number two. That year, he won many titles and awards in French Open because of his outstanding performances. In 2007, he could not make it to the 2007 Australian Open, but he won Indian Wells Master. The next year, Rafael entered the semi finale of the 2008 Australian Open for the first time. He won many other titles in that year, like Rogers Cup. In 2009, he consecutively won five matches and won the 2009 Australian Open, making him the first Spanish player to win this title.
Furthermore, in 2010 he played in French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open and won all the matches. The next year also he participated in all the play but was able to win only in French Open, which was his sixth victory. In 2012 and 2013, he played and won for French Open for the seventh and eighth time and also won the US Open for the second time in 2013. The next year, he again showed his victory in the Qatar Open in Doha, Australian Open for the third time, and also played in China Open, but he lost in the quarter-finals.
Talking in brief about his career, Rafael won the 2015 Qatar Open in doubles with his teammate Juan Monaco. The next year, he participated in Rio Olympics, where he received a gold medal for winning in doubles and 800 career wins. In 2017, Nadal won two open French and US but lost the Australian Open. In 2018, he won the French Open for the eleventh time, but the next year, he lost the Australian Open against Novak Djokovic. Furthermore, In 2019 and 2020, he again won the French Open for the twelfth and thirteenth times and was able to bagged US Open title for the fourth time.
Rafael Nadal is a brilliant tennis player who has won and achieved many important titles and awards. After starting his professional career, he won ATP Newcomer of the year in 2003. He has also won the Golden Bagel Award in 2005 and 2009. Moreover, he has also been honored with the ATP Most Improved Player Award in 2005 and the Mercedes Cup in 2015.
Rafael Nadal is one of the most outstanding Spanish tennis players who have gained a good fan following. As of 2020, his estimated net worth is $180 million.