Rafael Nadal. By LeAnne Disco. Early Life. Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Majorca on June 3 rd , 1986. His family consisted of his father, Sebastian Nadal, his mother, Ana Maria Parera, and his younger sister, Maria Isabel Nadal.
By LeAnne Disco
Rafael Nadal’s Parents
At age 16, in 2002, Nadal reached the semifinals of the Boy’s Singles tournaments at Wimbledon.
Later that year he won all of his matches en-route to a winning campaign with Spain over the USA.
By age 17, Nadal was ranked in the World’s top 50 players.
Nadal has won:
-6 Grand Slam Singles Titles
-15 ATP Masters Series Tournaments
(He won his first ATP in April 2002 at age 15.)
-At age eighteen, Nadal became the youngest player to register a singles victory in a Davis Cup final for a winning nation.
-In 2004 and 2009, Nadal was part of the Spain Davis Cup Team that won finals.
2003 was a big year for Nadal:
- He won two Challenger titles
- He had his Wimbledon debut where he became the youngest man to reach the third round since 1984.
-Nadal also won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.
In the sport of tennis, most people play with their right hands but Nadal plays with his left even though he is right handed.
Although it is not known why, Rafael is often booed throughout and even after his matches.
Nadal’s nickname is the “King of Clay”.