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When he started playing tennis at the age of three, Rafael Nadal was considered to be a definite prodigy. At the age of 15, he was already a professional tennis player. Nowadays, he is famous as the ‘King of Clay.’ He deserved this title because of his unique skills to play on clay courts. Nadal broke the record by winning 12 French Open singles.
Nadal’s Tennis Career
When Nadal was 16 years old, he managed to reach the semifinals of the Boys’ Singles Contest of Wimbledon. At the age of 17, he was the second youngest tennis player to reach round 3 of the Wimbledon tournament.
In 2005, when he was just 19 years old, Nadal won the French Open, and thus he was ranked to be world number 3 tennis player. That was a huge success for a tennis player of his age. It appeared that 2005 was his lucky one as this was the year in which he won 11 singles titles.
In 2006 Nadal overcame some injuries, but he managed to win his second French Open. In 2007 he won a title at Roland Garros again. 2008 was also a very successful year for Nadal as it was then when he won the French Open for the 3rd time. The Wimbledon tournament and he also got a gold medal from the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Nadal’s speed, heavy shots, and mental strength ranked him among the best first four tennis players. The others are Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic. In 2008 he was ranked world number 1 in tennis. In 2009 he won the Australian Open for the first time. In 2010 Nadal became the second tennis player to win the four major titles, as well an Olympic gold medal.
In 2012 Nadal announced that he had to withdraw from the summer Olympics because of a knee injury. A few months afterward, in 2013, Rafael Nadal won his 5th French Open. Later on that same year, Nadal won his second US Open tournament. In 2014 Nadal won his 9th French Open title. The same year he had to withdraw because of a wrist injury.
2017 was the year in which Rafa won the French Open for the legendary 10th time. The next year Nadal was crowned with his 11th French Open title. He also managed to win the French Open in 2019, and this was his 12th won at that tournament. We are sure that he will continue winning as he basically knows how to do it.
The Early Life of Rafa
Rafa Nadal was born in Spain in 1986. When Nadal was only three years old, his uncle (who was also a tennis player in the past) saw the potential of Rafa and started training him. At the age of 12, Rafael Nadal managed to win both the European and Spanish titles. It was then when his uncle advised him to use only his left hand to play his forehand shots as before that he used both of his hands. At the age of 15, Rafael Nadal became a professional tennis player.