Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Height: 6ft 1in / 1.85 m

Date of Birth: 3 June 1986

World Ranking: 5

No. of Titles: 88

Plays: Left-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand

Birthplace: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Residence: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain


  • Nadal is a 20-time Grand Slam champion, a record he shares with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
  • His 13 Roland Garros victories are a record for any tournament
  • Nadal has 88 ATP Tour titles in his professional singles career
  • He has won an at least one ATP Tour singles title in 18 consecutive seasons (2004 – 21), a Tour record
  • Nadal has ranked in the world Top 10 for a record-breaking 828 consecutive weeks (2005 -21), including 209 total weeks as World No.1
  • He is known as the greatest of all time on clay, with 62 of his 88 titles coming on that surface
  • Has the longest-running winning streak on any surface with 81 straight victories on clay (2005 – 07)
  • Joined Andre Agassi as the second man in history to complete a career Grand Slam (all four Grand Slams) and win Olympic gold medal in singles, which he achieved at the 2008 Beijing Games
  • He added the gold medal doubles title to his haul at the Rio 2016 Games, alongside Marc Lopez
  • He is the youngest player (aged 24) in the Open Era to win a career Grand Slam
  • Along with Mats Wilander and Djokovic, he is one of only three male tennis players to win at least two Grand Slams on three different surfaces (hard, grass and clay).
  • In the Davis Cup, has 24 straight Davis Cup singles and doubles wins since 2005
  • Nadal has won the Davis Cup on five separate occasions
  • He secured his 1,000th career win in 2020 in Paris over countryman Feliciano Lopez

Fun Facts

  • His nickname is Rafa
  • He founded the Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2008 and was presented with ATP ACES for a charity grant in 2011 and 2020
  • He launched the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in 2016, which combines high-level tennis, education and residency
  • He took the Rafael Nadal Tennis School around the globe, launching in India (2010); Rafa Nadal Tour in Spain (2014); Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico (2019), Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Greece (2019); Rafa Nadal Tour in Australia (2019)
  • He opened the second Rafa Nadal Academy, in Kuwait, in 2020
  • The longest Grand Slam final of all time was between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, lasting five hours and 53 minutes
  • The centre court at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona was renamed “Pista Rafa Nadal” in 2017
  • He has a liking for football, golf, fishing
  • His favourite football club is Real Madrid
  • He is coached by former World No. 1, Carlos Moya, Francis Roig and Marc López
  • In May 2001, aged 14, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay court exhibition match
  • Even though he plays tennis left-handed he is known to do most other things right-handed, including golf and writing

At the Mubadala World Tennis Championship:

  • Nadal made his Championship debut in the 2009 edition
  • Nadal has won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship five times (2010, 2011, twice in 2016 and 2019)
  • He holds the Championship record for most appearances in the final (6)
  • Nadal has played in 20 matches at the Championship, another record, and has featured in 10 of the 12 editions to date (the most by any player)

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