Player Profile – Rafael Nadal
Full Name: Rafael Nadal Parera
Date of Birth: 3rd June 1986
Place of Birth: Mancor, Balearic Islands, Spain
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Style: Left handed
Pro since: 2001
Career titles: 62
Highest ATP Ranking: 1 (First in August 2008)
Grand Slam Statistics
Australian Open: 2009
French Open: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Wimbledon: 2008, 2010
US Open: 2010, 2013
ATP Tour Finals: Runner Up -2010, 2013
Olympics: Gold Medal (2008)
Davis Cup: 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 for Spain
Rafael Nadal was born to Sabastian Nadal and Anna Marie Parera in Manacor, Balearic Islands. He has a younger sister named Maria Isabel. At the age of 8 Nadal won an under 12 regional championship in Spain but he was also a promising football player at the same time. But his coach and uncle Toni Nadal, inspired him to play Tennis as he has great ability to play forehand shots with both hands. At the age of 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested to the Nadal family that he should be moved to Barcelona but his family turned down the offer and thus Nadal’s father bared all the cost to make him a tennis player and turned Nadal into a professional at the age of 15.
Nadal turned pro at the age of 15 years and 10 months in April 2002. His first ATP ranking was 762. He defeated the Ramon Delgado and became the ninth player to do so in his first match.
In 2004 he first defeated the World No. 1 Roger Federer in the Miami Masters.
On his 19th Birthday in 2005 he defeated Roger Federer again, but this time in the French Open semi final and two days later he defeated Mariano Puerta in the final and became the second male player after Mats Wilander to win the French Open in the first try.
Since then he has won 8 French Open titles every year except in 2009. Apart from this he has also won the Australian Open ones and Wimbledon and the US Open twice.
Rafel Nadal has endorsed Kia Motors, Nike Shoes, Lanvin’s perfumes, Quely, Richard Mille wrist watches and Emporio Armani Underwear
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