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Meet Rafael Nadal, second-most paid Tennis player 2021

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s achievements

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal on the court.[Credit/mediareferee.com]

Rafael Nadal, whose full name is Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player.

He was born on 3rd June 1986 in Manacor, Spain. His parents are Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera. Nadal also has one sibling named Maria Isabel Nadal.

Nadal is ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has also been ranked No.1 in the ATP rankings for 209 weeks. In addition, Rafael has finished as the year-end No.1 five times.

He is the second most paid tennis player, after Roger Federer.

Nadal has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, an all-time record shared with Roger Federer. He has also bagged 36 Masters 1000 men’s singles titles, an all-time record shared with Novak Djokovic.

The tennis icon has made a record at any tournament, having 13 French Open titles in particular.

Nadal’s dominance on clay is also highlighted by 62 of his 88 ATP singles titles coming on the surface, including 26 of his 36 ATP Masters titles, and his 81 consecutive wins on clay are the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

Rafael Nadal bagged his first Grand Slam title in the year 2005. In the 2005 French Open semifinals, Nadal defeated Federer. This made him become one of only four players to defeat the top-seeded player that year.

Nadal also took part in the Second French Open title. He made his career progression from there and added positivity to his platform.

In February, he lost in the semifinals of the first tournament he played, the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France. Two weeks later, he handed Roger Federer his first loss of the year in the final of the Dubai Duty-Free Men’s Open.

Rafael Nadal’s career progression

In the year 2008, Nadal continued with his tennis career. He took part in two majors and he bagged n Olympic gold. He also took part in the second Davis Cup.

This is the same year he got the No.1 ranking out of his commendable determination on the tennis court

By winning his first Wimbledon title, Nadal became the third man in the open era to win both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.

At the US Open, Nadal was the top-seeded player for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament.

Rafael Nadal did not lose a set during his first three matches, defeating qualifiers in the first and second rounds. He also defeated Viktor Troicki in the third round. In the semifinals, he lost to Andy Murray. Later in the year in Madrid, Nadal helped Spain defeat the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals.

Nadal and Djokovic have competed in the tennis field. They have met 57 times, more than any pair in the Open Era.

Nadal leads 10–6 at the Grand Slams and trails 28–29 overall. Nadal leads on clay 19–7, while Djokovic leads on hard courts 20–7, and they are tied on grass 2–2.

Rafael Nadal’s net worth

Being the second most paid tennis player in the world, Rafael Nadal has a huge net worth.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nadal has a whopping net worth of $200 million.

“In a given year Rafael earns $40 million from tournament winnings, appearance fees and endorsements.”

Rafael Nadal’s salary

According to Forbes, Nadal is ranked 27th globally. He receives an estimated salary of $14 million.

Rafael Nadal’s endorsement deals

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal.[Credit/sportzcraazy.com]

Nadal has been endorsed by huge brands. He receives a favourable amount from these brands.

One of the companies that have endorsed him is Nike. He has also dealt with Gillette, Rolex, Mercedes Benz, Lindt and Moet.

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Rafael Nadal’s family

Nadal is married to Maria Francisca Perello since 2019. They however have not yet sired. In an interview, Rafael stated that he would like to have children after the completion of his career. This is to ensure he gives them quality attention and care.

Rafael Nadal Foundation and Charity work

Rafael Nadal has supported causes like HIV/AIDS, health, hunger, poverty and sports.

He has also offered his aid to charities like City Harvest, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Small Steps Project and others.

He also has a foundation dubbed Rafa Nadal Foundation that strongly believes in the transformative power of sport and education, two tools that allow children and teenagers to go as far as they can, regardless of their background or personal and social conditions, even for those who have learning difficulties or disability.

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