Rafael Nadal was born Rafael Nadal Parera on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Majorca to Sebastián Nadal and Ana María Parera. He has a younger sister, María Isabel. Rafa began playing tennis at age three with his uncle Toni Nadal, who is his coach. Being trained under his uncle Toni, he learnt how to play with his left hand, despite being a right-hander. Rafa played many sports in high school, but had to quit football when football and tennis conflicted.
The Spanish tennis player is widely regarded as the finest clay court player in history and has been nicknamed “The King of Clay.”
Rafael Nadal Height, Weight & More
Rafael Nadal Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
Rafael Nadal Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Rafael Nadal Shoe Size: 10 (US)
Rafael Nadal Star Sign: Gemini
Rafael Nadal Hair Color: Dark brown
Rafael Nadal Eye Color: Light brown
Date Of Birth: 3 June 1986
Birth Place: Manacor, Majorca, Spain
Birth Name: Rafael Nadal Parera
Nickname(s): Rafa, Rafi, Spain’s Raging Bull, El Nino, King of clay
Parents: Sebastián Nadal, Ana María Parera
Siblings: María Isabel Nadal
Grand slams won (singles): 14
Rafael Nadal Facts:
*He supports football clubs Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca.
*He has revealed himself to be agnostic.
*In addition to tennis and football, Nadal enjoys golf and also poker.
*He’s afraid of dogs.
*He was introduced to tennis by his uncle, Toni Nadal when he was three years old.
*He turned professional at age of 15.
*In 2003, he was voted as the ‘ATP New Comer of the Year’.
*He is considered the best clay court player in the history of tennis.
*His girlfriend is Xisca Perelló.