Rafael Nadal Parera is a professional tennis player who is known as the best clay-court player in tennis history. He has been called as the “King of Clay” because of his success and dominance on surface. His presence in all-court threat led him to become one of the legendary players in tennis. Nadal has also been considered as the greatest player of all time. He is the proud winner of the Olympic Gold Medal 2008 in singles, 14 Grand Slam singles titles, 17 ATP World Tour 500 matches, and 28 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He was also a member of Spain Davis Cup team in the seasons of 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
He is the youngest player and seventh player in the history of Open Era in 2010 in order to achieve Career Grand Slam when he was 24 years old. After Andre Agassi, he is second male player in order to complete Career Golden Slam singles. Nadal was called as the LAureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2011. Along with Mats Wilander, Nadal was the only male player who won 2 Grand Slams on 3 surfaces – grass, hard court and clay. He is listed among the top 10 richest sportsman in the world.
Full Name: Rafael Nadal Parera
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
Marital status: Married
Occupation: Professional Tennis Player
Net Worth: $120 million
Height: 6ft 1in (1.85m)
Source of Income: Tennis, Endorsements
In April 2002, Nadal won the first ATP match of his career when he was 15 years old. He has been ranked 9th to win Open Era. In the same year, he became the winner of 2 Challenger titles and finished in top 50. He became the youngest player to access 3rd round on his Wimbledon debut in the year 2003. He reached 3rd round on Australian Open 2014 but he lost against Lleyton Hewitt. If he won, he would have played against Roger Federer. He played his first match against Roger Federer at Miami Masters 2004 and won in straight sets.
He defeated Federer along with Albert Costa, Tim Henman, Dominik Hrbaty, Gustavo Kuerten, and Tomas Berdych. He missed the most in clay court season due to the fracture on left ankle, including French Open. When he was 18 years old, Nadal registered singles victory in Davis Cup final and became the youngest player to do so. Be defeated Andy Roddick, world’s number 2.
Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Balearic Islands, Spain to a businessman, Sebastian Nadal, who owns a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca and an insurance company, and manages his restaurant, Sa Punta. Ana Maria Parera, his mother, is a housewife. His uncle, Toni Nadal was the first who found a natural talent of Nadal, which is tennis. He was also a tennis player. So, he introduced him to the sport when Nadal was just 3 years old. Nadal won Under-12 tennis championship when he was 8 years old. His uncle encouraged him to play left-handed on tennis court and it led him to become the richest sportsman in the world.