Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player. Winner of 75 Singles Career titles, including the 4 Grand Slams tournaments (total of 16), 30 ATP Masters 1000, 2 Olympic Gold Medals (singles & doubles) and 4 Davis Cup Titles with Spain among other relevant results.
Founded the Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2008 and was presented with ATP ACES for Charity grant in 2011. As part of his Foundation, in October 2010, opened the Rafael Nadal Tennis School in Anantapur, India, which hosts tournaments, as well as laying equal emphasis on education and tennis training. Learn more about his Foundation: www.fundacionrafanadal.org.
Opened the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in May 2016. It is a high-performance training academy that combines high-level tennis and education with open or supervised residency schemes in weekly, monthly, annual or summer camp programs. For more information, please visit www.rafanadalacademy.com.
Won ATP No. 1 award 4 times (2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017), Comeback Player of Year in 2013, Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2011 for his contributions through the Rafa Nadal Foundation, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award in 2010, Most Improved Player in 2005 and ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2003.
Named Sportsman of the Year (2011), Comeback of the Year (2014) and Newcomer of the Year (2006) at Laureus World Sports Awards.
Recipient of Prince of Asturias Award in 2008
Honoured by Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with the "Medalla de Oro al Trabajo" (Gold Medal for Merit in Work) in May 2015, one of the top civilian honours in Spain.
Honoured by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo with "Grand Vermeil" medal in May 2015, the highest distinction from Paris.
Received an honorary doctoral degree, "Doctor Honoris Causa," from the European University of Madrid.
Flagbearer for Spain at 2016 Rio Olympics.
Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player. Winner of 75 Singles Career titles, including the 4 Grand Slams tournaments (total of 16), 30 ATP Masters 1000, 2 Olympic Gold Medal…More