Rafael Nadal Explains Why Fish Is His Quiet-Time Favorite Cuisine

Published 03/18/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 12: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the Men’s Singles Quarterfinal on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


World No. 3 Rafael Nadal is inarguably known for his competitiveness on the court and humility off the court. But how many would know about his fondness for cooking?

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Yes, the Spanish megastar loves to cook regularly, even while traveling. So naturally, the first question that comes to find is what Nadal’s go-to cuisine is. And guess what? We have the answer, and more we know why we like it.

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Rafael Nadal likes to cook fish and prawns most simply

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain smiles in a practice session during previews for the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 08, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal cooks fish with relish. Although he confessed that he might not know a thousand things, he knows the way around his favorite recipes.

Moreover, the Spaniard understands that for a professional athlete, it is vital to take some personal time off the sport. Hence, cooking a meal quietly can help his mindset as much as the meal nourishes his body.

“I really like fish, and I would surely expand my repertoire of recipes,” Rafa said. “What I do consider essential is that the product is good.” Fans who know the 34-year-old as a precisionist about everything on the court can imagine his detailed-eye while cooking too.

Additionally, while promoting the quality of his favorites in his hometown, Rafa revealed his choice.

“In Mallorca, we have very good fish and prawns, and I usually make them in the simplest way to enhance their flavor. The grilled Sóller prawns, little done, are wonderful,” Nadal said.

Apart from its red and appetizing exterior, the Sóller prawns are also known for their gastronomic benefits. Rafa also has with him his preferred extra virgin olive oil wherever he travels.

Presently, Nadal is recovering from a back injury, and thus, he has a lot of time on his plate to cook.

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Nadal likes to play golf and soccer besides tennis

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Other than cooking and tennis, Rafa also enjoys spending time playing soccer and golf. In both these sports, the Spaniard makes full use of his Ambidexterity ability.

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But for now, he would be looking forward to recovering soon to start preparing for the French Open. At Roland-Garros, Nadal will defend his title for the fifth consecutive year and bid for his record-extending fourteenth title.

Before you go, check out the ten essentials things without which Rafael Nadal cannot live.

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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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