Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal Named Favorite Son of Mallorca

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello - Favorite Son of Mallorca (6)
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Nadal will be joined by a superstar line-up of tennis personalities for Rafa’s Summer Set on Wednesday 14 January. … The 2009 Australian Open champion will face off against Verdasco and fellow stars of the sport in an entertaining showdown as he prepares for the first Grand Slam of the year. … Nadal said the event would be a great opportunity for all fans to experience the new-look Margaret Court Arena in tennis mode for the first time. “I’ve heard that the new roof on Margaret Court Arena is now finished and the pictures I’ve seen are amazing. The Australian fans are always fantastic and I hope they’ll come and experience the finished stadium at this special event,” Nadal said.

“Mi padre no hace falta que me dé muchos consejos, porque me vale con ver cómo actúa diariamente, lo que ha hecho por nosotros, lo que se esfuerza para hacer que su empresa funcione. Durante muchos años, año tras año, ha luchado por superarse a sí mismo en el trabajo.” … “No me veo siendo entrenador personal y viajando por el mundo”, dice. “Ser un Stefan Edberg [entrenador de Roger Federer y ganador de seis títulos del Grand Slam] o un Boris Becker [entrenador de Novak Djokovic y vencedor de seis grandes]… no me veo”. … “Son gente con la que nunca he perdido el contacto”, cuenta el tenista, cuya familia lleva establecida en Manacor desde el siglo XIV. “Tengo la suerte de que tengo muchos primos entre 9 y 12 años que juegan al fútbol, y en cuanto puedo, en cuanto tengo momentos libres, intento ir a verles, porque me divierto. Son momentos bonitos. Yo, jugando al fútbol, de pequeño, me ponía mucho más nervioso que jugando al tenis. El fútbol siempre ha sido una gran pasión. A Pedro ya le conocí así, como Pedro Tormento”

“I think he is (the best of all time), the numbers say so,” Toni Nadal told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE. “Federer is the best in the history of the game alongside Rod Laver and, unfortunately for us, it is like that.” … “Federer has won 17 grand slams – Rafael has won 14. He was No.1 for five years – Rafael for three. Therefore, there is no discussion; he is the best.” … “Djokovic is a great player. For me, he is almost at the level of Federer. He is very good. I don’t know if he is better or worse than Rafael. In titles, Rafael is better than him. In terms of how they play, I don’t know. At the end of the day, everyone is free to have whatever opinion they want.

La intensa lluvia ha obligado a suspender la última jornada del torneo solidario de golf Olazábal&Nadal Invitational by Pula Golf Mallorca, que ha finalizado en tablas entre los equipos liderados por el golfista José María Olazábal y el tenista Rafael Nadal, como ya ocurrió en 2013.

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  • Rafael Nadal plays golf in the Olazábal Nadal Invitational (via El Mundo)

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8 comments

  1. Congrats Rafa. Great to see you with Xisca and family. Please be more compassionate towards Xisca as I notice your overly cool demeanour.

  2. Congratulations to Rafael, not alone is he Mallorca’s favourite son but Spain’s and a lot of the world. I like the painting, it is a realistic likeness. Always lovely to see his family and Francesca supporting him

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