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. 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.