10 questions about Rafael Nadal – GOAT, Roland-Garros, Carlos Moya, Real Madrid

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Rafael Nadal is considered one of the top three players in tennis history. Here are the answers to the 10 questions you may ask yourself about him.

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When was Rafael Nadal born?

Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, on the island of Mallorca, Spain.

What is his nationality?

Nadal is a Spaniard. He is very attached to his country. He won the Davis Cup five times and was the flag-bearer for the Spanish delegation at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Nadal has always lived in Spain, on the island of Mallorca, where he was born.

Rafael Nadal during the Rio Olympic Games

 

How tall is he?

Nadal is 6’1” (1.85m) tall, according to his profile on ATP official website. He weighs 187 lbs (85kgs).

Why does Nadal play left-handed?

Nadal is right-handed in life, but left-handed in tennis. When he was a child, the Spaniard hit with both hands on both sides, but hit harder on the left side. Toni, his uncle and coach, encouraged him to play his forehand on the left side.

Who is Nadal’s coach?

Nadal’s current coach is Carlos Moya, a former Spanish tennis player who won Roland Garros in 1998 and was world number one in 1999. Moya joined Nadal’s team in December 2016 as co-coach, before becoming head coach in January 2018, following Toni Nadal’s departure. Rafael’s uncle wanted to devote himself entirely to his nephew’s academy. Rafael Nadal had been coached by his uncle since his tennis debut.

Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal.

Who are his parents?

Nadal parents’ are Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera. Sebastian is a successful businessman in Manacor. He is the owner of insurance, glass, and window company Vidres Mallorca. Sebastian also owns a restaurant called Sa Punta. Ana Maria was a trader who sold perfumes at the time of Rafael’s birth. She left her job and became a homemaker soon after the 19-time Grand Slam champion was born.

Who is Nadal’s wife?

15 years into their relationship, Nadal married Maria Francisca “Xisca” Perelló on October 19, 2019. The 31-year-old Spaniard was born on July 7, 1988 in Mallorca. Since 2012, Xisca Perelló has been project director in Rafael Nadal Foundation, which is dedicated to the education of children and their consistent practice of sport.

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello

 

Who is his agent?

Nadal’s agent is Carlos Costa. He is a former Spanish player, who was world No.10 in 1992.

When did Nadal start his career?

Rafael Nadal began his professional career in 2001 at age 15. That year he got his first career win at a Challenger tournament in Sevilla, against Israel Matos Gil, who was world number 751. The following year, in 2002, the Spaniard won his main tour’s match, defeating Ramos Delgado, ranked 81st in the world, in the Mallorca tournament first round. In the next round, he lost to Olivier Rochus. Rafael Nadal won his first tournament in Sopot, Poland, in 2004.

Why is Nadal called “King of Clay”?

Nadal is called “King of Clay” because he has won the French Open an all-time record 13 times. He has won 100 matches on the Parisian clay courts, only losing a grand total of two matches (against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015). Between 2005 and 2007, the Spaniard won 81 matches in a row on clay, another all-time record. Since the beginning of his career, Rafael Nadal has won almost 92 percent of his matches on the surface (445 wins for 40 losses).

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