Last updated on: 6/12/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Rafael Nadal Biography

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

“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
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • 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?