SENSATIONAL! Rafael Nadal Thrives in a Golf Tournament After Ending His 2021 Tennis Season

Published 09/20/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal reacts during the Individual Professional Baleares Championship at Golf Maioris on October 26, 2020 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is one of the hardest-to-defeat professional athletes in the world. The Spaniard’s competitive streak extends beyond tennis, to golf as well. Recently, he put his golf skills on show at the Hexagonal tournament in Ibiza, Spain. And the result did not come as a surprise to anyone.

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Among 170 individual entrants, Nadal finished at the top. However, as per the Stableford scoring system, his team came second out of the 43 teams. Team RNA accumulated 97 points, whereas the winners collected 98 points. 

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Unquestionably, the 35-year-old puts his 100% in everything that he does. And despite his persistent foot injury, the Spaniard did not stop competing. Indeed, it is one reason why the world hails him as one of the greatest professional athletes in the world.

Nadal’s love for sports besides tennis: Golf and Soccer

Earlier this year, Rafael Nadal also participated in the 2020 Balearic Golf Championship. Even then, amongst professional golfers, he finished joint-sixth in the competition.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 1: Rafael Nadal (ESP) speaks with press on Media Day ahead of the 2021 Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Most significantly, golf is the sport where his ambidexterity shows its true colors. While Rafa plays prominently as a left-hander in tennis, he plays golf as a righty. 

Furthermore, the Spanish legend is also passionate about soccer. Notably, Nadal plays soccer with his right leg as his dominant force. In addition, Rafa has been a Real Madrid fan for all his life. He even launched the home kit for his local La Liga team, Real Mallorca, this year.

All in all, Nadal takes everything in his best sense as a competitor. Consequently, beating him is one of the toughest challenges for his peers, especially on a tennis court.

Watch this story: Rafael Nadal’s Top 5 Worst Injuries

When will Rafael Nadal return to the tennis tour?

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Due to his foot injury, Nadal decided to end his 2021 season before time. More importantly, he even missed out on Wimbledon and US Open because of it.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a serve as he practices on a day off before playing in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Spaniard, as expected, is confident of returning on the ATP tour in 2022. And seeing him succeed in golf boosts hopes for his fans for a healthy comeback. Some even wonder if Nadal is drawing a path for himself in golf after he hangs his tennis racquets forever.

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What do you think about Nadal’s success in the Hexagonal tourney?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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