Everything you should know about Rafael Nadal’s childhood and as a kid
Everybody knows in Rafael Nadal’s biography that He was born on June 3, 1986, in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, but not so many know about Rafael Nadal’s childhood and He spent his childhood.
In this article, We will find out 4 Interesting facts about Rafael Nadal childhood:
- What do you know about Rafael Nadal’s Family?
- How did Rafael Nadal grow up?
- How did Toni Nadal coach Rafael Nadal?
- What is changed in Rafael Nadal?
Ready? let’s dive in!
What do you know about Rafael Nadal’s Family?
Most of us know Rafael Nadal and his wife Xisca Perelló, also his parents and uncle Toni, besides his sister, for that let’s get to know them well and see other people as well.
Rafael Nadal’s father is Sebastian Nadal who is a businessman, and his mother Ana Maria Parera and had a perfume shop, but after getting two Childs Rafa and his younger sister Maria Isabel she gave it up to raise them.
Rafael Nadal’s grandfather, also called Rafael and was a musician and is a retired director of the town orchestra.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle Miguel Angel Nadal was a professional footballer who competed in the 2002 World Cup. and He was playing for FC Barcelona once,
Rafael Nadal’s famous uncle is ANTONIO “TONI” NADAL who is known as Toni Nadal who was born on 17 February 1960 in Manacor and was studying history at university in Barcelona but dropped out due to his lack of interest. Having qualified as a tennis coach he returned to Mallorca and began teaching
How did Rafael Nadal grow up?
Rafael Nadal has grown up in a sports-minded family He started playing tennis at the age of four, but his uncle Toni admitted that Rafa Nadal found Tennis boring but what helped him is playing in groups and if they were playing as a duo Rafa would give it up.
Moreover, the first time Rafael Nadal joined a club was in Manacor and it was across from the house where he used to live in and it was the very first time where Rafael Nadal hits a tennis shot with his uncle Toni, and He was playing twice a week…
Rafael Nadal had the ability to play Tennis well with his right or left-hand nd and played his ground shots double-handed on both sides, but his Uncle Toni advised Rafael Nadal to play with the left hand as it was much stronger…
Note: (Rafael Nadal eats, throws, plays golf, basketball, and darts right-handed, but he’s left-footed at soccer.)
Moreover, Rafael Nadal was more interested in football but his passion took him to be a Tennis player.
How did Toni Nadal coach Rafael Nadal?
Rafael Nadal took serious coaching lessons from his uncle, as by the age of seven Rafael Nadal was training five times a week, and that’s for every week, for 90 mins…
At the of eight, Rafael Nadal won the Balearic Islands 12-and-under regional title.
After the great results, Rafael Nadal had, his Uncle Toni switched the coaching mode to a professional level to develop Rafael Nadal’s character, as He often trained him with poor tennis balls, sometimes on bad courts, and in windy conditions…
the purpose was to teach him that winning or losing is not about the high quality of the Tennis courts, balls, strings, lights, or weather conditions, but it’s about the discipline, perspective, and attitude.
Moreover, Toni Nadal was hitting his nephew Rafa Nadal easily if He saw him less concentrated with the balls to regain his attention.
“Rafael Nadal had a very good mentality, and it was it was possible for me, not probable, but possible that he could win a Grand Slam in the future.”
at the age of 10, Toni told Rafael Nadal to play only with one hand in the Forehand,
“There are no professional players who play with two hands and we’re not going to be the first, so you’ve got to change,” Uncle Toni said
playing with one hand was difficult for Rafael Nadal, but Toni decreased the training duration to 20 minutes per day to get used to it.
What is changed in Rafael Nadal?
Being famous, rich, and a Tennis legend does that look easy?
although getting all of this, Rafael Nadal had something from childhood that has not changed and it was confirmed by his Uncle and coach Toni,
This manner is being as normal, modest, and down-to-earth as possible…
Rafael Nadal’s goal with Uncle Toni was to make every day better than the one before…
- The secret behind Rafael Nadal’s success?
Uncle Toni did the impossible with Rafael Nadal and here are two old stories for him:
1- when Rafael Nadal won his first title as a kid the 12-and-under Spanish title, the first thing Toni did was congratulate him on the win. and The second thing was to show him a list of the previous 25 champions and ask him how many he would hear of and Rafa knew only five.
Toni told Rafa then that the chances of making him a pro player are 1/5. So, don’t get too excited about today’s victory. There’s still a long, hard road ahead. And it all depends on you.
2- When Rafael Nadal won a Mercedes car at a tournament, Uncle Toni insisted that he put the car in his garage, and drive around in a cheaper car so that Rafa would remain humble, and with his feet planted firmly on the ground. Toni believed that Rafa would achieve great things only by discipline and hard work and that there is always a chance for improvement.
“make every day better than the one before,”Toni Ndal
Rafael Nadal has a luxury yacht, and He is considered one of the richest players in Tennis history, but He is still humble with a smile on his face.
That’s Rafael Nadal, that’s Uncle Toni’s hard work paid off…