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Rafael Nadal Biography

Professional tennis player
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"

“I would not take drugs even if nobody tested me around the year. No way would I take doping drugs. I would much prefer to lose than win by cheating.”

“Nadal Expresses Disgust at Doping in Sport,” Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid tournament website, Mar. 21, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professional tennis player, 2001-present
  • Winner, Men’s Singles, French Open, 2005-2008, 2010-2012
  • Winner, Men’s Singles, US Open, 2010
  • Winner, Men’s Singles, Wimbledon, 2008, 2010
  • Nominee, Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, 2009
  • Nominee, Best Male International Athlete, Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (ESPY), 2009
  • Nominee, Best Male Tennis Player, ESPY, 2009
  • Winner, Men’s Singles, Australian Open, 2009
  • Winner, Olympic Gold Medal in Tennis, 2008
  • Recipient, Prince of Asturias award, Fundación Príncipe de Asturias (given for notable scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian achievements), 2008
  • Recipient, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Most Improved Player of Year, 2005
  • Recipient, ATP Newcomer of Year, 2003
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  • Born June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
  • Full name is Rafael Nadal Parera
  • Nickname is Rafa
  • Plays tennis left-handed, but is naturally right-handed
  • Ranked number 2 in the world (as of June 12, 2012)
  • Career prize money $49,999,207 (as of June 12, 2012)
  • Has won 50 singles titles, including 11 Grand Slams and 21 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, more Masters 1000 titles than any other player (as of June 12, 2012)
  • Is the only player in the history of professional tennis (since 1968) to win the same tournament (Monte Carlo Masters) seven years in row
Quoted in:
  1. Is the 2009 WADA "Whereabouts" Rule (Requiring Professional Athletes to Report Three Months in Advance Where They Will Be for One Hour Every Day) an Unfair Invasion of Athletes' Privacy?