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Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal tops list for best known and most admired person in Spain

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Imagine a night where you get to have some food, relax by the pool, and then play poker with your friends. Couldn’t be much better, right? Well, it could if one of your friends was Rafa Nadal and he invited you over for a little fun. This past week, Rafa had his friends and family together for a barbecue and some poker. Included among them was Spanish basketball captain, Juan Carlos Navarro.

El tenista Rafael Nadal es el español más conocido y mejor valorado por cuarta vez consecutiva desde el año 2010, según una encuesta de Personality Media entre 40.000 consumidores que analiza las preferencias publicitarias, comerciales, de imagen y de consumo de la población. Nadal continúa siendo el más valorado con una nota de 8.1, distanciándose en más de medio punto del segundo clasificado, el también deportista, recientemente fichado por Chicago Bulls, Pau Gasol (7.5).

The world’s top two tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have confirmed they will return to Abu Dhabi for the season-opening Mubadala World Tennis Championships from January 1 to 3, 2015.

Rafa: “The standards are always high in Abu Dhabi, the crowds are fantastic and there is a real buzz around the city so returning was an easy decision to make. It’s the perfect place to start the year and although there is still a long way to go in this current season, we have to plan ahead and make sure we give ourselves to best opportunities to start the year strong. For me that would be playing the Mubadala World Tennis Championships where all top players want to play. I hope this year I can win!”

«Ese me cuesta más porque no ves nada del juego y estás totalmente a ciegas. El Texas me divierte porque ves las posibilidades sin tener que arriesgar mucho». Nadal dejó pasar dos años antes de aceptar la propuesta. «Volvieron y, bueno, sinceramente fui yo quien dijo que sí, porque mi padre no estaba muy por la labor y Carlos (Costa) tampoco, pero yo ya entendía un poquito más lo que era el póquer y dije que sí, sin miedo a lo que pensaran de mí. Al final, la opinión sobre ti no depende de un anuncio, sino de lo que ven cada día en la pista de tenis y en tu vida normal, cuando eres tú.»

P. ¿Le gusta farolear? Rafa: No me gusta nada y según me han enseñado no es una parte fundamental. Hay momentos en los que lo necesitas; pero la base del juego no es esa.  P. ¿Podríamos verle jugar Las World Series en Las Vegas, como Gerard Piqué? Rafa: Ahora mismo para mí eso es imposible. Mientras esté en mi carrera tenística no. Pero cuando me retire no veo por qué no. En lo que no me veo es haciendo un Tour mundial, se lo digo claramente, pero sí podría jugar algunos torneos.

Now a decade old, only four players have bagged the ultimate bonus by finishing atop the Series standings and also winning the U.S. Open. It’s a quality list, too: Williams and Nadal (both last year), and Kim Clijsters (2005) and Roger Federer (2007).

La presidenta de la Fundación Rafa Nadal, Ana María Parera, sigue de cerca los progresos de los jóvenes y manifiesta su satisfacción con los resultados: “Nos llena de orgullo ver como año tras año el proyecto va creciendo, aportando beneficios más que evidentes a los más pequeños y a sus familias”.

El Centro Internacional de Tenis (CIT) que Rafel Nadal tiene proyectado en las afueras de Manacor será una realidad en septiembre de 2015. Fuentes consultadas por este periódico indicaron que la voluntad tanto del tenista número dos del mundo, como la de su entorno es la de empezar las obras lo más pronto posible tras el verano, con el fin de que estén casi listas dentro de un año.

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ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal 460 points behind Novak Djokovic

In the latest ATP Ranking List as of Monday, July 21, Rafael Nadal is ranked second with 12,670 points, only 460 behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

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ATP Rankings: July 21, 2014

ATP Rankings: July 21, 2014

In the ATP Race to London List Rafa is still second with 6,645 points. VAMOS RAFA!

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello look amazing at friends’ wedding

Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello attended Francis Roig’s wedding in Formentera, Spain on Saturday afternoon. Here are some photos of lovely couple.

Photos: celebspix.ru

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello enjoying their vacation in Spain

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal looks happy and carefree as he makes the most of his holiday in Spain, with his girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello by his side. Here are some photos.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal plays poker with friends in Porto Cristo

This past week, Rafa had his friends and family together for a barbecue and some poker. Included among them was Spanish basketball captain, Juan Carlos Navarro. Rafa’s game had some special rules. Played like a Sit & Go, it was a single-table freezeout. But there was a catch. Whoever got busted first was in for a special penalty. (via PokerStars Blog)

Photos: Neil Stoddart, FMB 

WATCH: Rafael Nadal’s Home Game Dunk


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Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal will be back in sleeveless tops for the US Open?

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The 28-year-old Mallorcan, nominated in the category for a tenth straight year, won the award for the first time since 2011 and second time overall. Nadal was also nominated for Best International Athlete, alongside Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, women’s golfer Inbee Park and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel. Ronaldo claimed the award.

Before music and tennis unite in harmonious mixed doubles, the first highlight of the tournament has already been scheduled for Super Monday on 20 October 2014. Under the auspices of sponsors Manor, Blick and L’illustré, Canada’s iconic singer Paul Anka and his orchestra will open the Swiss Indoors (5.30 p.m.), followed by the opening match between French Open winner Rafael Nadal and Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka. Watching the world number 2 and number 4 on the same night as an overture is not something that tennis fans experience every day.

Bollettieri is quick to point out that World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has significantly turned the tables on hard courts. “He’s improved his serve, he’s flattened out his forehands and he stands closer to the baseline,” said the New York native. “Even though he hits the heavy spin, he moves in closer and he can flatten it out. He also comes to the net and he’s a good basic volleyer. What makes him so good against one-handed players on hard courts is his cross-court forehand as a lefty. It penetrates and runs.” In general, Bollettieri identified four core elements of a good hard court player: swing pattern, grips, racquet head speed and early backswing, and a strong lower body foundation. “Fitness, swing, tempo and grips will determine how strong a player is on any surface.”

Rafael Nadal (Doha, Río de Janeiro, Madrid, Roland Garros), David Ferrer (Buenos Aires), Guillermo-García-López (Casablanca), Fernando Verdasco (Houston), Feliciano López (Eastbourne) y Roberto Bautista (‘s Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart) son los protagonistas de los diez títulos que acumula el tenis masculino español en lo que llevamos de 2014, siete meses de competición donde los nuestros han sido sinónimo de éxito. España lleva siete años consecutivos liderando la estadística de más títulos ganados en un mismo ejercicio. En 2013 la ‘Armada’ alcanzó las 17 coronas, mientras que en 2012 fueron 14, en 2011 fueron 13, en 2010 se llegó a las 20, en 2009 fueron 13, en 2008 fueron 16 y en 2007 fueron 13.

@Feliciano_Lopez, @RafaelNadal, @Santi_Millan, Tomeu Salva & Hewitt (Pic: @PedroRFET)

2002: Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal, Santi Millán, Tomeu Salva &  Lleyton Hewitt (Photo via @PedroRFET)

“Nadal was trying to win Wimbledon for the first time, so when he went two sets to love up, I realised that it was going to be a good match. And then when Nadal had his match point in fourth set, and Federer won the point with a backhand winner, I realised this was pretty big. The crowd went ballistic. And that’s when I thought to myself, ‘bloody hell, what luck that I had this match’.”

El complejo tendrá una capacidad de acogida para la tecnificación de 140 alumnos internos (70 unidades) y 72 deportistas (36 unidades). En cuanto a las pistas exteriores de tenis habrá una pista principal y cuatro secundarias de tierra batida, dos de hierba y diez duras (dos de ellas cubiertas). Otros deportes: un campo de fútbol 7 y una pista polideportiva.

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal back on the practice courts in Mallorca

Rafael Nadal is back on the practice courts in his native Mallorca. His summer hard-court run will begin in Toronto at the Rogers Cup next month.

We are looking forward to see Rafa in action on the hard courts this summer. Vamos Rafa!

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Rafael Nadal wins ESPY Best Male Tennis Player Award

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Photo: icpress.ch

Rafael Nadal won the Best Male Tennis Player award at the 22nd Annual ESPY Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

The ESPY, short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, honors sports achievement in the past calendar year, with the winners decided by online fan balloting at the ESPN website.

Rafa came out ahead over both of his hottest tennis rivals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Our champion was also nominated for Best International Athlete (won by Cristiano Ronaldo).

The award for Best Female Tennis Player went to Maria Sharapova.

Congratulations Rafa!

Rafael Nadal to participate in 19th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Rafael Nadal will be participating in this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess on August 23. The annual event kicks off the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

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Photo: Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Country superstar Hunter Hayes, breakout duo MKTO, girl group McCLAIN, British pop rock band The Vamps, teen sensation Madison Beer, EDM prodigy DJ Salerno, and Novak Djokovic will be on hand with Rafa all-day at the tennis and music festival for children and adults alike. Hosted by China Anne McClain and Jeff Sutphen, the show will feature more musical guests and tennis stars set to be announced in coming weeks.

If you can’t make it in person, the event will also air nationally on CBS Sunday, August 23rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m (ET).

For more information and tickets, visit www.arthurashekidsday.com.

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