Nadal enjoys playing golf and frequently decides to take part in competitions there while away from the tennis circuit.
Rafael Nadal played golf at his home course in Spain on the opening weekend of his tennis offseason. This past weekend, the Spanish tennis legend competed in the Doubles Balearic Golf Championship in Palma, Spain, alongside his uncle, former Barcelona soccer player Miguel Angel Nadal. The Spaniard finished up the tennis season on Thursday at the 2022 ATP Finals by defeating eventual finalist Casper Ruud in the group stage. From Saturday, November 19, to Sunday, November 20, he played in the golf tournament before taking a flight back home. With a combined score of 149, the nephew-uncle team placed 19th overall, 17 strokes behind the winners.
Nadal enjoys playing golf and frequently decides to take part in competitions there while away from the tennis circuit. Prior to departing for London to compete in the Wimbledon Championships, the 36-year-old finished fifth in the Balearic Golf Championship in Mallorca in June of this year. He mentioned his interest in golf earlier this year and acknowledged that he enjoys playing other sports when he has time off from his demanding tennis schedule. “I play golf. It’s true that because of tennis, today, I’m not able to practice a lot of sports. I try to be in touch with nature as much as I can. And just try to enjoy the free time with family and friends,” Nadal said, in a video posted by TennisTV.
Rafael Nadal revealed his plans for the off-season and the 2023 preseason after his 2022 season came to an end at the ATP Finals last week. The Spaniard warmed up for his upcoming exhibition tour of South America with world no. 3 Casper Ruud by participating in the golf tournament in Palma. His seven-day tour of South America gets underway on Wednesday. He looks forward to spending time with his family, especially his new son Rafael, when he gets back home. After that, he intends to prepare completely for the 2023 season. Nadal had a fantastic 2022 season, winning four tournaments, including two Grand Slams, following a six-month hiatus in the second half of the 2021 campaign. In the ATP standings, he finished the year in second place.