Mostly Credited As: Rafael Nadal
Birth Name: Rafael Nadal Parera
Date Of Birth: June 03, 1986 (Age 29)
Country Of Birth: Spain
Birth Place: Manacor, Baleric Islands
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain on June 3, 1986, Rafael Nadal comes from a family with a strong athletic background. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a former soccer player who was a member of the FC Barcelona club, played in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups. Rafael began playing tennis at the age of four, with his other uncle, Toni coaching him. Turning pro in 2001, Rafael played in numerous Challenger events and won his first ATP match in his hometown when he was 15 years, 10 months and became the ninth player under the age of 16 in the Open Era to do so. Then, in 2003 he became the second youngest player to be ranked in the top 100 and made it to the third round of Wimbledon and won two Challengers titles. By 2005, he was ranked in the top 5 of the ATP and became the youngest player to be ranked inside the top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in 1993. Also in 2005, Rafael won 11 titles (4 of which are Master Series titles and 1 is a Grand Slam), and had a 60 game win streak on clay courts. At the age of 22, Rafael has a great career ahead of him, already winning the French Open 4 times (2005-2008); the Championships, Wimbledon title in 2008; and the Gold Medal in men's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Rafael can also boast about being one of only a handful of players who have beaten Roger Federer, and several players, retired and still playing, have commented on how Rafael has a bright future ahead of him.