Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as the world’s number three in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has finished the year as the world’s top player five times. Rafael Nadal has been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s rankings twenty-nine times.
Nadal began the year with a disappointing loss at the Australian Open, but bounced back to win titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He then suffered a wrist injury and pulled out of the French Open after just two rounds. He also competed in the 2016 Olympics and won the gold medal for Spain in the men’s doubles event.
Nadal is the undisputed king of the clay court. A fierce competitor, he has won three of the four major tournaments in his career. He also became the first male player to win the French Open three times. His unorthodox forehand style has earned him the nickname ‘the banana shot’. Its high degree of topspin causes the ball to curve into the court.
Nadal grew up playing in a sports-minded family. His uncle, Toni, played association football and was a World Cup competitor. His uncle also encouraged him to take up tennis, which he did. He played tennis with his left hand and used a two-handed backhand and forehand. Eventually, he switched to a one-handed forehand.