Rafael Nadal turns 30! Fun facts and trivia on the Spanish tennis ace

Jun 03, 2016, 11:00 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal celebrates his 30th birthday today. On this day, we present to you some facts and information that might not be well known about the 9-time French Open champion.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal. Pic/ AFP

>> Rafael was born right-handed but his coach advised him to play with his left hand after seeing his perfect backhand moves.

>> Though he is from Mallorca, Real Madrid is his favourite football club.

>> He is extremely media-shy and is rarely seen with his childhood sweetheart Maria Francisca Perello.

>> He is so superstitious that he is known to not let anyone move his water bottle from where he places it at the beginning of the game.

>> His uncle named Miguel was a footballer who played for Spain for over a decade. He also played for clubs such as Barcelona and Mallorca.

>> Nadal's favourite movies are Gladiator and Titanic.

>> Nadal has a liking for football, golf, fishing and Playstation (PSP).

>> His girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello was introduced to him by his sister, Maria Isabel.

>> Nadal is the editor of Barcelona's daily newspaper 'El Periodico de Catalunya'.

>> He is nicknamed 'The King of Clay' as he is considered to be the best tennis player on clay courts.

>> At the age of 12 he was introduced to Richard Gasquet and has known him ever since.

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