In the sports industry, just like any other industry, there are stars and there are superstars. When we talk about superstars among professional male tennis players, some names like Roger Federer, Lars Ulrich, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and of course Rafael Nadal, come to mind. Though all legends in their own right, this article is particularly about Rafael Nadal, a Spanish player currently occupying the second spot in the world in men’s singles tennis according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking.
Widely considered as one the best clay court players in history, Rafael has been nicknamed “The King of Clay”. As a result of his transformation into an all-court threat, he has positioned himself among the best ever all-rounders in tennis, with many counting him among the greatest players of all time.
From the time he made his professional debut in 2001, he has earned many titles, including 14 Grand Slam singles titles, 11 French Open titles, 11 Monte-Carlo Masters titles, 11 Barcelona titles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles among many others. Here is more information about the Spanish tennis player.
Rafael Nadal Bio (Age)
Born as Rafael Nadal Parera on 3rd June 1986 in Manacor, Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain, the tennis player is one of Ana María Parera and Sebastián Nadal’s two children. His mother is a homemaker while his father, a businessman, owns an insurance company, a glass and window company known as Vidres Mallorca, and the restaurant named Sa Punta.
Growing up with uncles Miguel Ángel Nadal and Toni Nadal, retired professional footballer and former professional tennis player respectively, Rafael fell in love with both sports. Having noticed a natural talent in his little nephew, Toni Nadal introduced Rafael to tennis when he was only a three-year-old toddler.
He played football and tennis side by side, excelling in both. At the age of 8, the young boy won an under-12 regional tennis championship and this further convinced his uncle that he would grow to dominate the world of tennis. Consequently, Toni intensified the training, encouraging him to play with his left hand for a natural edge on the court. He did this after he noticed that Rafael Nadal comfortably played forehand shots with both his right and left hands.
He won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group when he was 12 and still playing football full-time. However, in a bid to ensure that his academic work does not deteriorate completely, his father made him chose between the two sports and he chose to go with tennis.
At age 14, an opportunity to move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training came calling curtsey of the Spanish tennis federation but Rafael’s family rejected the offer because they were afraid that his education would suffer and also because his uncle, Toni, did not support the idea. Even though this translated to less monetary support from the federation, Rafael’s father took care of the costs.
Rafael Nadal eventually started playing professionally at the age of 15 and the following year, just two months before he turned 16, he won his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) match, becoming the 9th player in the Open Era to achieve the feat before age 16.
He has gone on to win a total of 81 career titles, including a record 58 clay court titles.
His Net Worth
There is no doubt that Rafael Nadal would always be counted among the greatest tennis players that ever lived. He has had a very successful career so far and within the years he has been playing professionally, he has made a fortune for himself, thus, earning a spot on Forbes list of the world’s 100 highest paid athletes in 2017.
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.
Sister, Wife or Girlfriend; Is He Married?
The tennis player has one sibling, a younger sister named María Isabel with whom he shares a very close relationship. Maria is very supportive of his career and is always present in his games to cheer for him.
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’s 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.