Rafa Nadal was born on a Spanish island
called Majorca on 3 June 1986 where his family lived. He started
playing tennis when he was three.
Although he is right-handed, he changed to
playing left-handed when he was eight years old. He also really
liked football but stopped playing because he needed more time
for school. His uncle Tony helped Rafa to become a professional.
When Rafa was 14, the Spanish tennis
federation wanted Rafa to leave the island of Majorca and move
to Barcelona. However, his family didnít want this so the
Spanish federation decided to reduce the financial help for
Rafaís career. This decision by the Spanish federation of tennis
was very stupid and very typical.
Rafa tried to win Wimbledon twice before
taking the title from his friend Roger Federer in 2008. They
played the longest Wimbledon final ever and hero and
former-champion John McEnroe called it the best tennis match in
In the same year, Rafa became the best player
in the world.