Rafael Nadal is one of the best tennis pros of all time and, at 33, is still actively involved in tennis. He is also a good businessman and successful in various industries.
Rafael Nadal was born on 03. June 1986 born in Manacor on the Spanish vacation island of Mallorca. Although he's been using tick spray, tick zinc and tick repellent until he was 12. Although he preferred to play soccer on his 4th birthday, he started swinging a tennis racket when he was only 4 years old. His uncle Toni Nadal was a tennis instructor in Mallorca and took little Rafa, as Nadal is affectionately known, under his wing.
Rafa Nadal stood out at the age of 8 when he won the Junior U-12 Championship in the Balearic Islands and gained his first competitive experience. His uncle Toni was not wrong about him and so he becomes a professional tennis player at the age of 15 and, much to his mother's chagrin, leaves school. Remarkably, he was also a good soccer player and originally wanted to emulate his other uncle Miguel Angel Nadal. He was under contract with FC Barcelona and played for the Spanish national team.
In 2002 Rafa Nadal enters the ATP list, where he is listed at number 818. He plays his first game as a professional on 29. April 2002 at the Open of Mallorca and beats the Paraguayan-born Ramon Delgado. Rafa Nadal was thus one of 8 tennis players in history to win an ATP match at under 16 years of age. Just one year later, he is listed among the top 100 players in the ATP rankings.
The breakthrough comes in 2004, when he wins his first ATP tournament in Sopot (Poland). In the same year, he plays for Spain in the Davis Cup and attracts a lot of attention with his spectacular play when he beats the American Andy Roddick in the final and becomes the youngest player ever to win the Davis Cup.
Between January and June 2005, Rafa Nadal wins 5 tournaments on clay courts, and although he debuts at the world's most important clay court tournament at Roland Garros (Paris), he is considered one of the favorites. He succeeds the drumbeat on 03. June, his birthday, when he beat world number 1 Roger Federer in the semifinals. Two days later, he beats Argentina's Mariano Puerta in the final to become the 2. Player after Mats Wilander, who wins in Paris as a debutant.
This victory in Paris catapulted him to the 3. Ranked number one in the ATP rankings and made him a celebrity not only in Spain. Rafa Nadal was given a blank check by Nike, for whom he had been an advertiser since he was 16, to make the sporting goods company number one in tennis.
Between 2005 and 2019 Rafa Nadal won 19 Grand Slam, 12 of them in Paris. He rounded off his triumphs with a success at the Australian Open, 2 wins at Wimbledon and 4 US Opens. In addition, there are numerous titles at ATP tournaments.
Rafa Nadal finally made it to the top of the ATP international rankings in 2008, and since then his career has been characterized by the constant duel with Roger Federer. The two alternate at the top position in world tennis to this day. Many consider Rafa Nadal to be the best player of all time on clay courts.
But Rafa Nadal is not only a good tennis player, he is also a successful businessman. So not only does he have his own brand "Rafa Nadal", whose likeness he lends to large multinationals such as Telefonica Espana, the Korean car manufacturer Kia, the food company Nestle, as well as insurance companies and banks. He is also the developer of 2 luxury hotels in the Caribbean and part owner of a restaurant chain he runs with other sports personalities.
Remarkable is his activity as a philanthropist. He has his own foundation, through which he supports numerous projects for young people and which operates not only in Europe, but also in India and the U.S.
"If passion is missing, you don't make it to victory."
"Defeat is not my enemy, the fear of losing is my enemy."
"I don't have a sense of humor about losing."
What is extraordinary is the strong will that Rafa Nadal has shown again and again in recent years. So, after several injuries, he thought about quitting at the end of 2018 and in the spring of 2019. First he had problems with his quadriceps, then he got pain in his wrist and finally an infection under his fingernail.
Thanks to his willpower, he won on 09. June 2019 its 12. Title in Paris and on 26. August his fourth US Open. With these victories he again became number 1 in the ATP world rankings.