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Rafael Nadal – The New Tennis Star
Sometimes referred to as ‘Rafa,’ Rafael Nadal is a native of Spain who has made a large impact in the world of tennis. Born June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Mallorca, Rafael Nadal is the son of Sebastian and Ana Maria Nadal. His sister, Maria Isabel, is five years younger than Rafael and is his only sibling. Standing 6'1" and weighing 178 lbs, Rafael Nadal became a professional tennis player in 2001 after having played since 4 years of age. Fans should not let this young age fool them as Rafael Nadal nabbed his first championship at only 8 years of age.
Under the guidance and teaching of Toni Nadal, his uncle, Rafael Nadal began learning to play tennis very early in life as is evident from his early championship. Toni, who remains Rafael’s coach, is a very important part of this youngster’s success. In 2003, Rafael Nadal earned the ATP Newcomer of the Year award. In 2005, he won 11 titles and also captured recognition as the ‘Most Improved Player’ for 2005 as named by the ATP.
In June 2006, Rafael Nadal won his second Roland Garros crown and also scored his 100th claycourt career victory. That same month, Rafael Nadal turned 20 and ended his teenage years with great success. It was during these years that Rafael Nadal won 16 career titles, which tied the record for the most titles won by a teenager.
Even though Rafael Nadal is right-handed, he plays left-handed and produces a backhand using both. As with most top athletes in their sport, Rafael Nadal is managed by IMG and is frequently found in Nike attire.
Fans who would like to request a signed photo or simply send Rafael Nadal their best wishes are urged to do so in care of his professional affiliation. If you are requesting an autograph, be sure to include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) along with your request. Popular items to have signed include blank index cards and photographs. It is recommended that fans not send any item that they cannot afford to lose, such as prized possessions and/or limited edition collectibles. As with all mailed autograph requests, there is no guarantee of a reply. For this reason, many fans simply prefer to request a signed photo. Depending on the athlete’s schedule, autographs may be authentic, secretarial, pre-printed or even impossible to provide. Patience is the key to requesting autographs by mail, especially when you are talking about an athlete as popular as Rafael Nadal. Letters and requests should be mailed to:
201 ATP Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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