After one of his best seasons as a professional, with great wins, the victory in Roland Garros (12th title) and the US Open, regaining the number 1 in the world ranking, the triumph with the Spanish team in the Davis Cup and ending the year as the best player in the world (for the fifth time), Nadal faces an exciting campaign in which he can climb another Everest of international tennis if he catches Roger Federer, the man who has more Grand Slam titles in history (twenty).
Despite a campaign start, on clay, in which things got complicated for no apparent reason (he reached the semi-finals in his first three tournaments: Montecarlo, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and Madrid), the Majorcan was a true force from June and finished as the best of 2019 in clay, hard court and indoor, with a total balance of 58 matches won, seven defeats and a percentage of effectiveness of 89.2%
At 33, the world number 1 reaches incredible figures that make him one of the most outstanding players in the history of this sport: 84 ATP titles (19 of them Grand Slams), 977 games won, two Olympic gold medals, singles (Beijing 2008) and doubles (Rio de Janeiro 2016), and five Davis Cup titles.
At the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell has achieved 11 victories in 15 participations. The centre court of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona-1899 bears his name as a tribute to the best tennis player who has competed at the tournament.
In 2016 he opened in Manacor, his hometown, an academy that bears his name and is dedicated to teaching tennis and preserving his enormous legacy. In 2018 hosted the first tournament with the name of Rafael Nadal, tournament belonging to the Challenger circuit that was won by the Australian Bernard Tomic.
Like all the great champions, Rafa started playing as a child, at 4 years old. His uncle Toni has been his only coach throughout his career, although in the 2017 season Carlos Moya, joined his technical "staff", a friend of his and former world No1.
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.
In October 2019 he married his longtime girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perelló.