The best player in history on clay has regained the throne of the tennis world in 2017, finishing for the fourth time in his career as year-end world No.1 of the ATP ranking. Being the ninth best player at the end of the 2016 after a season in which again injuries affected his purposes, he has become the best tennis player in 2017 thanks to a campaign full of successes and six victories, including two Grand Slams, Roland Garros and US Open.
2017 will not be an easy year to forget for the player from Manacor, who won his tenth titles, an absolute record in the tennis world, no less than in three tournaments, Monte Carlo, Roland Garros and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, who also thanked him for the great achievement by naming the center court of Real Club Tennis Barcelona with his name.
After recovering from different setbacks that forced him to remain inactive in several phases of the 2016 campaign, Nadal regained his best tennis in 2017 and now adds 16 major titles, three short of Roger Federer's total. The new Rafa is capable of everything if his health does not let him down.
At 31, the great Spanish champion already has 75 ATP titles distributed in this way: 16 Grand Slams, 30 in the Masters 1,000 category and 25 of the ATP 500 and ATP 250 tournaments. He has been Olympic champion twice, in singles (2008) and doubles (2016) and has contributed to the victory of the Spanish team in the Davis Cup.
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.