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50 Facts about Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay”





Rafael Nadal is a Spanish international tennis player and one of the greatest tennis players of all times. Here are some interesting facts about him.

Rafael Nadal of Spain during his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England.

(Photo : Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal of Spain during his Gentlemen’s Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England.
  1. Nadal will represent “Indian Aces” in the second edition of IPTL in December 2015.
  2. On August 2, 2015 he won his 67th singles title of his career.
  3. By winning the 2015 “Hamburg Open,” Nadal has to his credit 47 title on clay.
  4. He was born on 03 June 1986 in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain.
  5. He was named “Rafael Nadal Parera,” as per Spanish customs taking after paternal and maternal surnames.
  6. He is born to Sebastian Nadal, a businessman and Ana Maria Parera, a housewife. He has a younger sister named Maria Isabel.

    Tennis player Rafael Nadal and his mother attend the Laureus World Sports Awards at Parc Del Forum on May 22, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual ceremony recognises top sporting achievers, and follows a weekend of sporting events.

    (Photo : Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images) Tennis player Rafael Nadal and his mother attend the Laureus World Sports Awards at Parc Del Forum on May 22, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual ceremony recognises top sporting achievers, and follows a weekend of sporting events.
  7. He has come to be considered as greatest clay court player earning the title “King of Clay”.
  8. He was introduced to tennis by his uncle when he was three years old.
  9. Nadal was a promising footballer before taking to tennis. He is a big fan of “Real Madrid” and “RCD Mallorca” football clubs.
  10. When he was 8 years old he won a regional under 12 tournament, which prompted his uncle and coach Tony Nadal to intensify his coaching.
  11. Nadal being ambidextrous, he was encouraged to play tennis with his left hand, which is considered an advantage in tennis.
  12. By the age of 12 he started winning age group tournament in Spain and Europe.
  13. World took notice of him as a 14 year old in May 2001 when he beat “Pat cash” a Grand Slam Champion in an exhibition match.
  14. Nadal turned professional at age of 15. He reached boys single semi-final of Wimbledon in 2002 as a 16 year old.

    Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to against Karol Kucera of Slovakia during the first round of the Tennis Masters at The Monte Carlo Country Club, Monaco on April 15, 2003.

    (Photo : Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to against Karol Kucera of Slovakia during the first round of the Tennis Masters at The Monte Carlo Country Club, Monaco on April 15, 2003.
  15. At 17 years in his Wimbledon debut year 2003, he reached the third round.
  16. He was voted as the “ATP New Comer of the Year” in 2003.
  17. In 2005 he won the French Open as 19 years old in his very first attempt.
  18. From being 762 ranked player in April 2002, he became world rank No. 3 after his French Open title.
  19. Nadal won the “Golden Bagel Award” for the year 2005, with eleven 6-0 sets.




    Spain's Rafael Nadal bites his trophy after winning over Argentina's Guillermo Coria during their Tennis Masters Series final match, 17 April 2005 in Monaco. Nadal won 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.

    (Photo : PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images) Spain’s Rafael Nadal bites his trophy after winning over Argentina’s Guillermo Coria during their Tennis Masters Series final match, 17 April 2005 in Monaco. Nadal won 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.
  20. He won 2006 French Open title and became the first player to beat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam tournament final.
  21. On the way to 2006 French Open title, he broke the record of 53 consecutive victories in clay court matches held by Guillermo Villas of Argentina.
  22. He holds a record of 81 consecutive victories in clay court match by a male in open era.
  23. Nadal defeated Federer in a unique exhibition match, the “Battle of Surfaces,” in Mallorca, Spain. The court is half grass and half clay.
  24. When he won the 2008 French Open, he became the fifth man to win the title without dropping a set in a Grand Slam match in an Open Era.
  25. Nadal won his first Wimbledon title in the year 2008.
  26. On 18 August 2008, earned world ranking of No 1 for the first time.
  27. He won his first Olympic Gold medal at 2008 Beijing Olympic, becoming the first top male player to do so.
  28. With eight titles including two Grand Slams, Nadal was voted as “Player of the Year” for 2008 and awarded “World tour Champion trophy”.
  29. He won his first “Australian Open” title in 2009. He is the first Spaniard to do so.
  30. 2010 Wimbledon title gave, Nadal his first “Old World Triple,” that is winning Italy Open, French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.
  31. Nadal expressed winning the 2010 Wimbledon men’s title was more than a dream.
  32. During 2010 Wimbledon, Nadal was fined $2000 for receiving coaching from his coach during the match.
  33. He is the international ambassador for Quely, a biscuit manufacturing company.
  34. After losing to Federer in the “2010 ATP World Tour Final,” he felt Federer was probably the most complete player of the world.
  35. On December 21, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland, Nadal played an exhibition match with Federer for Roger Federer Foundation. The “Match for Africa” raised $4 Million.




    Rafael Nadal of Spain tie his hand band during his match against during day 4 of the Shanghai Rolex Masters at Zi Zhong stadium on October 8, 2014 in Shanghai, China.

    (Photo : Kevin Lee/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal of Spain tie his hand band during his match against during day 4 of the Shanghai Rolex Masters at Zi Zhong stadium on October 8, 2014 in Shanghai, China.
  36. Nadal has started a “Nadal Academy” in Anantapur city, Andhra Pradesh, India for underprivileged children.
  37. He was awarded “Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award” in London on November 21, 2010.
  38. He is one of the two players to have won twice on three different surfaces, Clay, Grass and Hard court.
  39. On February 7, 2011, he was awarded the “Laureus World sportman of the Year” for the first time. He was nominated thrice.
  40. When he lost the final of 2012 “Australian Open” to Djokovic, a record was set for playing the longest five set match. The match lasted for 05 hours 53 minutes.
  41. Nadal has won eight consecutive “Monte- Carlo Rolex Masters”.
  42. When Nadal played Djokovic in the final of 2012 “French Open,” it was the first time same set of player are facing in the consecutive Grand Slam finals.
  43. After the 2013 “Barcelona Open,” he became the first player to win two tournaments eight or more times.
  44. Nadal is the youngest player in the open era to achieve “Career Grand Slam”.
  45. The 2014 French Open title was his ninth. He is the only male player to have won single Grand Slam Tournaments nine times.

    Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the Coupe de Mousquetaires after victory in his men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France.

    (Photo : Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the Coupe de Mousquetaires after victory in his men’s singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France.
  46. With 2014 French Open, Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles.
  47. Nadal has an endorsement deal with Swiss watch maker Richard Mille. The watch is Richard Mille RM027 Tourbillion, ultra light, made of titanium and lithium valued at US$525,000.
  48. Nadal has featured in an music video “Gypsy” with Shakira.
  49. Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca, Spain has named an Asteroid discovered in 2003 after Nadal.
  50. Nadal with his mental toughness, speed and all court game has established himself, as one of the great tennis player if not the greatest of all.




    Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

    (Photo : Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
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