Rafael Nadal is a well-known Spanish tennis player, and one of the only two men to win all four major titles. He started playing tennis at a young age of 3 to start his professional career at the age of 15. He soon proved his prolific talent by being the youngest male to reach the third round in Wimbledon. He won the French Open with his debut on the championship to mark the first most successful year of his career where he won eleven singles to earn the pseudonym of "King of Clay." This performance also brought him a couple of awards including ‘Golden Bagel Award’ and ‘ATP Most Improved Player of the Year Award’. His next notable achievement was the Grand Slam as he became the first player to win it against the ace player Roger Federer. He further won various titles to be counted among the top-three tennis players in the world. He was away from the game for a couple of years due to an injury but returned back to re-establish his reputation. Apart from this he is also known to be a great philanthropist as he is a proud founder of the ‘Fundación Rafa Nadal’ which aims at helping children and young adults. He has also worked for various other causes for the betterment of the society. His thoughts, work, game and life has established him as one of the greatest star in the history of the game. Let us browse through the quotes and thoughts by Rafael Nadal which can find a place on your wall as inspirational posters.
I'd rather lose an argument than get into a long discussion in order to win it.
I have been learning English on the road since I started when I was 15, so it is a slow process but making some progress. Now I think I am much more comfortable with my English. However, it is difficult, still, when I speak about something that is not tennis.
I was shy when I was a kid, I was very shy, but now I think I've improved a lot. I can speak OK with the media and with the people. My English is still bad but I feel a little bit better now than before.
I am happy with being a tennis player and the choice I took when I was 12. But clearly, if I wouldn't have been a tennis player, I would have loved to be a soccer player. But again, I am happy with the choice I made.
My motivation and aspiration is the same, being number one or being number five. So that's the truth. And my goal is the same - it's to always be happy playing, it's to enjoy the game and improve always.
I only ever run when there's some point to it - say, if it's in a game of tennis.
You fight, you try your best, but if you lose, you don't have to break five racquets and smash up the locker room. You can do those things, but when you've finished, nothing's changed. You've still lost. If something positive came from that, I probably would do it. But I see only negativity.
Some people get very confused about my game. They think it's better if the court is slow, because I have a good defence. But the faster it is, the better for me. My spin is more painful for my opponents, my aggressive game works better.
I was passionate about soccer. I still am. Odd, though - playing soccer always made me much more anxious than playing tennis. On soccer days, I'd be out of bed by 6 in the morning, all nervous. But I was always calm when it was time for a tennis match. I still don't know why.
It's important to have people around you with enough confidence to say if you are not acting in a good way. Normally, when you are at the top, people say everything is fantastic. Probably in that moment it is what you want to hear, but it's best to be reminded how to act properly.
I admire a lot of people, but in terms of sport I've always loved the mentality of Tiger Woods on a golf course. I always love his eyes when he's setting himself and focusing on his decision; he has a really strong, focused face and believes that he can make the shot.
I used to wear sleeveless T-shirts all the time on court, but now I've got a brand new look - I've moved on to polo shirts. Sleeveless T-shirts give you real freedom of movement and they keep you cooler in matches, but I just thought it was time for a change.
You know, a lot of things changed. What never changed is the illusion to keep playing tennis, the illusion to keep doing well the things, and the illusion to be in a good position of the ranking and play these kind of matches.
I've stayed calm when I'm winning and I've stayed calm when I've lost. Tennis is a sport where we have a lot of tournaments every week, so you can't celebrate a lot when you have big victories, and you cannot get too down when you're losing, as in a few days you'll be in the next tournament and you'll have to be ready with that.
I always like to do the things that I think are right. I am not trying to be a model, I am trying to be myself and do the right things. If what I am doing is a model, or is an example, is the right example, I am very happy, but I don't pretend that.
Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I'm at home alone, I have to sleep on the sofa - I can't face going to bed. I'm there with the TV on and all the lights on. I'm not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.