“Made The Right Choice”: Rafael Nadal Reveals Where He Would Be If He Had Not Picked Tennis

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

In the past couple of decades, World No.2 Rafael Nadal is dazzling as one of the world’s best tennis players, but he was also a top-notching football player before permanently holding a tennis racquet in his hand.

When Rafa was an active 12-years-old young adult on the Spanish island Manacor, Nadal had to decide which sports to focus neither football nor tennis, particularly when he was excellent in both. 

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s one of his uncles, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is also a retired professional footballer and played for FC Barcelona, the Spanish national team, and other clubs.

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“Tennis Was A Natural Decision For Me”, says Rafael Nadal 

However, Nadal eventually decided to continue to hold a tennis racquet instead of kicking a football because of his other uncle, none other than Toni Nadal’s influence.

Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal
Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal

“Tennis was a natural decision for me. Until I was decent in football, but not as good as in tennis, where I was already starting to stand out. Besides, I had the influence of my uncle Toni, my coach at the time, who encouraged me to leave football,” the 34-years-old Spaniard said in a recent conversation with Veja magazine.  

Nadal further emphasised that he would be a professional player at a recognised Football club if he had picked football.  

Rafael continued, “If I had made the opposite choice, I don’t know if I would be among the best. I probably would have played professionally, maybe at a top club, but you never know where it will all end. I think I made the right choice.”(Quotes have been translated into English via Google translator)

At his two decades of tennis career, Nadal has won 86 ATP Tour-level titles, including his 20 Grand Slam. Ultimately, he has 13 Roland Garros crown under his name.  

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Published : 4:05 PM, Wed, 3 March 2021

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