Although Rafael Nadal has several times climbed the pinnacle of tennis, in other occasions he has fallen because of different injuries. His resilience has always brought him out of these troughs strongly, and he has demonstrated the reasons why he is considered one of the best tennis players in history and certainly the best of all time on clay. In 2016, the Majorcan returned to be the victim of fate and lived one of his worst seasons, which concluded with an unrepresentative ranking of ninth in the world.
But at the start of 2017 yet another comeback has begun. His enormous talent led another Grand Slam final, against Roger Federer, who emerged victorious. At that Australian Open Nadal showed in his final matches against Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer, that he remains in the elite and that he can win some big events in the immediate future. The new Rafa is capable of everything and anything.
Nadal did not sink so far in the last two seasons winning two important titles, at the Montecarlo Masters 1000 and at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, before adding nothing less than the Olympic gold medal in doubles in Rio de Janeiro next to his friend Marc Lopez.
At 30 years old, the great Spanish champion has won 69 titles in his professional career and has played almost 1,000 matches. This spring he will compete for his tenth win in three tournaments, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros, something that nobody has never even been able to dream of.
In 2016 at his hometown of Manacor, Nadal inaugurated an academy under his name. It is dedicated to teaching tennis and to preserve his enormous legacy.
Nadal started playing at the age of 4. His uncle Toni has been his only coach throughout his career. He played with both hands, but at the age of nine he opted for the left hand. His father Sebastià is a partner with two brothers of the Sa Punta restaurant and owner of a company of crystal and glass, Vidres Mallorca. His mother, Anna Maria, is a housewife and is currently managing the Rafael Nadal Foundation, which organizes annually a circuit for tennis players under 14 years old based on eight tournaments in Spain that aims to attract