- Nadal impatient for return to favoured clay courts (via Eurosport)
… Forty-three of Nadal’s 62 singles titles have come on clay, including eight at the Barcelona Open, two in Madrid on red dirt and seven in Rome. He has 13 grand slam singles titles and a record 26 Masters crowns.
- “King of Clay” Will Clash with “Queen of Poker” in Monte Carlo (via tennisnow.com)
… The world’s No. 1 tennis player and PokerStars ambassador, Rafa Nadal, will face the world’s best female poker player, Vanessa Selbst, in a heads-up poker game at Casino de Monte Carlo on Friday, April 11.
- Rafa Nadal, Spain’s favourite drinking buddy (via marca.com)
… Spanish tennis ace Rafa Nadal once again tops the list of sportsmen who Spaniards would like to have a beer with. As was the case in the previous edition of this popularity ranking, he came in ahead of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso.
- The Top Storylines Heading Into the 2014 Clay-Court Season (via bleacherreport.com)
… There have been challenges to Rafael Nadal’s clay-court empire, but he has always responded with dominance. Take a look at the last few years in how he has answered Djokovic at the three clay Masters 1000 tournaments and French Open…
… “Yo no pitaria a Cristiano ni a nadie por concepto. Alguien que se deja todo en el campo no merece ser pitado nunca. Yo voy como aficionado y mi misión es animar”.
- Audio: Planeta Eurosport: Toni Nadal (via tennistopic.com)
- Three months three challenges for Nadal (via marca.com)
… “Good, but not fantastic”. This is how Rafael Nadal has described his start to the season, with just over 10 days to go until his European clay court season kicks off at the ATP 1000 Masters in Monte Carlo.
- Nadal Watches Real Madrid Champions League Win (via ATP World Tour)
… Nadal is a life-long fan of Real Madrid, although his uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, enjoyed an eight-year playing career at domestic rival Barcelona. Nadal’s uncle also represented Spain in three World Cups.