Rafael Nadal, referred to by fans and experts alike as ‘Rafa’, will go down in history as the most dominant clay court player the game has ever seen.
In the modern era of tennis, the French Open Grand Slam is very closely associated with the Spaniard; he’s won the Slam a whopping 13 times.
That is a record for most wins on a single surface across Grand Slams. Indeed, it’s worth noting that Pete Sampras’ all-time Slams record – which was the benchmark before the 2000s – was 14.
The Mallorca native is also one of three players in the modern era – the other two being rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – to have completed the career Grand Slam.
His unique gameplay and relentless nature make him a force to reckon with even now, when injuries and age have caught up with him to some extent.
Nadal is a southpaw, and one of the most successful left-handers of all time in the sport. Of the Big Three, he is the only one who favours his left hand.
This was because his uncle Toni, who was his first coach, saw Nadal play a two-armed forehand once and encouraged him to play tennis with his left hand, due to the lack of southpaws in the sport.
The net worth of Nadal is approximately $200 million. A lot of that comes from sponsorships and endorsements; however, his career prize money is over $127 million.
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Nike is arguably the biggest company to have a deal with Nadal. He is also sponsored by South Korean telecom company Kia. Spanish biscuits and bakery manufacturers Quely also sponsor him.
Besides that, he also has deals Santander, Emporio Armani, Babolat, Heliocare, Telefonica, Banco Sabadell, Tommy Hilfiger, Mapfre, and many more.
The Rafa Nadal Foundation was set up in 2008 by the tennis star and his team. He also set up the Anantapur Education Center in India.
Besides that, he’s launched a number of scholarship programmes to help underprivileged children.
Nadal has a massive car collection and a big home in his hometown of Mallorca, Spain. Nadal also has expensive villas in Porto Cristo in Spain & the Dominican Republic.
The Spaniard likes to spend his time off in his villas and luxurious yachts.