Rafael Nadal Bio
Rafael Nadal, also known as “Rafa” Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Rafael Nadal has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as a record 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP Tour 500 titles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 196 weeks.
In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, three US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, and one Australian Open title. Nadal has won 82 career titles overall, including a record 59 clay-court titles. With 81 consecutive match wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Nadal was a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, he became the seventh male player in history and youngest of five in the Open Era, at age 24, to achieve the Career Grand Slam. He is the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Golden Slam. In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
Rafael Nadal Age
Rafael Nadal was born on 3rd June 1986 in Manacor, a town on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain to parents Ana María Parera and Sebastián Nadal Homar. His father is a businessman, owner of an insurance company, glass, and window company Vidres Mallorca, and the restaurant, Sa Punta.
Rafael has a younger sister, María Isabel. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.
He idolized Barcelona striker Ronaldo as a child, and via his uncle got access to the Barcelona dressing room to have a photo with the Brazilian. Recognizing in Rafael a natural talent, another uncle, Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player, introduced him to tennis when he was three years old.
At age 8, Nadal won an under-12 regional tennis championship at a time when he was also a promising football player. This made Toni Nadal intensify training, and it was at that time that his uncle encouraged Nadal to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the tennis court, after studying Nadal’s then two-handed forehand stroke.
At age 12, Nadal won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group, while also playing football full-time. Nadal’s father made him choose between football and tennis so that his schoolwork would not deteriorate entirely. Nadal said: “I chose tennis. Football had to stop straight away.”
When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that Nadal leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training. His family turned down this request, partly because they feared his education would suffer, but also because Toni said that “I don’t want to believe that you have to go to America or other places to be a good athlete.
You can do it from your home.” The decision to stay home meant less financial support from the federation; instead, Nadal’s father covered the costs. In May 2001, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match.
Rafael Nadal Wife
Rafael Nadal is currently not married but in a very serious relationship with a beautiful lady known as Xisca Perello. A business graduate, Xisca works in an insurance company and also serves as a director on the Rafa Nadal Foundation. The brunette, whose full name is Maria Francisca Perello, is a very private person and that explains why she has no visible social media presence and shuns the spotlight as much as possible.
Rafael and Xisca Perello have been dating for the past 14 years but they eventually decided to take their relationship to the next level in January 2019 by first getting engaged. According to reports, Rafael Nadal popped the question while they were on holiday in Rome in May 2018. It has also been revealed that the couple will get married in autumn of 2019 in Mallorca.
Rafael Nadal is reportedly engaged to longtime girlfriend, Maria Xisca Perello, but their wedding date remains a mystery. A Spanish TV station had reported the couple planned to get married on June 2019, but Nadal’s representatives told People these reports were false.
“Normally we don’t speak about Rafa’s private life, ever,” Nadal’s rep Benito Pérez-Barbadillo told People. “However this information is absolutely incorrect and fake news from non-credible sources.”
Perello prefers to stay out of the spotlight and used to avoid attending Nadal’s matches. Now, Perello has become a regular at Nadal’s major tournaments but still prefers to remain out of the limelight.
Nadal Was Upset That His Engagement With Perello Went Public
Nadal was not pleased when news broke of his engagement to Perello. The tennis star relayed his frustration in an interview with Marca.
“I’m not saying anything, it’s already annoyed me that the wedding has come out in the press – you want me to ask about the wedding, right?’ Nadal explained to Marca.”I understand you have you work to do, but I’m not saying anything.”
While the couple has confirmed they are engaged, there has been no official wedding date released despite lots of rumors. Knowing how the couple prefers their privacy, fans may not know about the wedding until after the fact.
Nadal Is Open to the Couple Having Kids
Nadal has been leery of forming a family with his busy travel schedule as a pro tennis player. Nadal admitted in a 2015 interview with La Nacion that he wanted to one day be a father, but it would have to be a mutual decision with Perello.
“Yes, good. I am a very familiar person, my education has been directed to the family, with which one never knows what will happen in the future, but I understand that I will form a family,” Nadal told La Nacion (translated). “I will have children, I do not know how much. I love children, but you do not decide unilaterally, that’s a two-person thing. I would like to have several children, but I can not tell you if two, or three, or four.”
Nadal’s Girlfriend Initially Did Not Travel to His Tournaments
Perello has become a regular at Nadal’s tournaments, but it was not always this way. Perello initially admitted that it would add anxiety to be at Nadal’s tournaments in a rare 2011 interview with The Telegraph.
“Traveling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” Perello explained to The Telegraph. “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me … No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.”
Rafael Nadal News
Back in June, Rafael Nadal became the leader of the ATP Race after he had won the title at Roland Garros, moving 800 points clear of Novak Djokovic who had the edge in the first five months of the season. Five weeks later, Novak Djokovic is back at the top, conquering the fifth Wimbledon crown on Sunday and forging 500-point lead in front of Nadal who had lost in the semi-final at the All England Club, with both players punching the ATP Finals tickets after their Wimbledon runs.
Djokovic currently stands on 6725 points, 500 more than Nadal and almost 1700 ahead of Roger Federer whom he beat in Wimbledon final after saving two match points in the longest title match at the most prestigious Major tournament.
At the age of almost 38, Federer is still capable of dealing with the best-ranked players in the world, ousting Rafael Nadal in the semi-final and squandering a massive opportunity to do the same against Novak and lift the ninth Wimbledon trophy
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Novak Djokovic and Nadal have met 54 times (more than any other pair in the Open Era) and Nadal trails at 26–28. Nadal leads on clay 17–7, while Djokovic leads on hard courts 19–7, and they are tied on grass 2–2. In 2009, this rivalry was listed as the third greatest of the previous 10 years by ATPworldtour.com.
Djokovic is one of only two players to have at least ten match wins against Nadal (the other being Federer) and the only person to defeat Nadal seven consecutive times, and two times consecutively on clay.
The two earlier shared the record for the longest match played in a best of three sets (4 hours and 3 minutes) at the 2009 Mutua Madrid Open semifinals until the match between Roger Federer and Juan Martín del Potro in the London 2012 Olympics Semifinal, which lasted 4 hours and 26 minutes. They have also played in a record 13 Masters Series finals.
In the 2011 Wimbledon final, Djokovic won in four sets for his first Grand Slam final over Nadal. Djokovic also defeated Nadal in the 2011 US Open Final. In 2012, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final for a third consecutive Grand Slam final win over Nadal.
This is the longest Grand Slam tournament final in Open era history at 5 hours, 53 minutes. Nadal won their last three 2012 meetings in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters, Rome Masters and French Open in April, May, and June 2012, respectively.
In 2013, Djokovic defeated Nadal in straight sets in the final at Monte Carlo, ending Nadal’s record eight consecutive titles there, but Nadal got revenge at the French Open in an epic five-setter 9–7 in the fifth. In August 2013, Nadal won in Montreal, denying Djokovic his fourth Rogers Cup title. Nadal also defeated Djokovic in the 2013 US Open Final.
Nadal defeated Djokovic in the 2014 French Open final. Since the 2014 French Open Final, Djokovic has won seven consecutive meetings including a win in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open which ended Nadal’s 39-match win streak at Stade Roland Garros and an opportunity for a sixth consecutive title, with Djokovic became only the second player after Robin Söderling to defeat Nadal at the event.
Nadal easily defeated Djokovic in the 2017 Madrid Open semifinals (6–2, 6–4), his first victory against the Serb since the 2014 French Open. When they next met Nadal beat Djokovic again, this time on clay in the 2018 Rome semifinals. They then met in the 2018 Wimbledon semifinals, where Djokovic finally emerged victorious after a battle lasting over five hours that was spread over two days and went to 10–8 in the fifth set.
Then in the 2019 Australian Open final, Djokovic easily won in straight sets, marking Nadal’s first straight-sets loss in a Grand Slam final. But in their most recent encounter, the 2019 Rome Masters final, it was Nadal who defeated the Serbian in three sets, and also the very first time in which any of them (Nadal) got a 6–0 win in a set.
Rafael Nadal Height
Apart from his talent and skills, Rafael’s height and good body build have been an added advantage to him on the court. He measures 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) in height and weighs 85 kg (188 lb). His body measurements are as follows: chest – 41 inches, waist – 33 inches, and biceps – 15 inches. The tennis star wears size 10 (US) shoes.
Rafael Nadal Net Worth
He was listed on the 33rd position with a total earning of $31.5 million garnered from a salary of $5.5 million and $26 million made from endorsement deals with top brands like Gocycle electric bike, Nike, Kia, Babolat, and Tommy Hilfiger among many others.
The super-star player currently has a net worth estimated at more than $100 million dollars.
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