Rafael Nadal Says He’s Unhappy When He Fails to Satisfy His Olive Cravings

Published 07/21/2022, 9:19 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his third round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Rafael Nadal has been one of the greatest athletes to play the sport of tennis. His work ethic and dedication are a cut above the rest. Over the years, he has enthralled fans across the globe, putting on eye-catching displays. Take the example of the Australian Open this year. In the summit clash against Daniil Medvedev, Nadal came back from two sets down to win his 21st Grand Slam title. He proved yet again why he is always in the center of the GOAT debate.

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While his success on the court is no secret, very few people know about his love for cooking and food.

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Rafael Nadal reveals his cravings

Talking about what he loves to eat, Nadal, in his book Rafa: My Story, said, “Being in a house also means we have to do our own food shopping. When I can, I go to the local supermarket to buy a few of the things that I eat far too much of, like Nutella chocolate spread, or potato chips, or olives. I am not a model of healthy eating, not for a professional athlete anyway.”

Further, he added, “I eat as normal people do. If I feel like something, I’ll have it. I’m especially mad about olives. In and of themselves they’re OK, not like chocolate or chips. But my problem is the quantities I eat.”

Mar 16, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts after winning a point as he defeats Reilly Opelka (USA) in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Talking about his childhood experience with olives, Nadal said, “My mother often reminds me of the time when, as a small child, I hid inside a cupboard and devoured a huge jar of olives, so many I vomited and was sick for days. The experience might have changed my attitude to olives, but it didn’t and never has. I crave olives, and I’m not happy when I find myself somewhere where they are hard to find.”

Nadal likely to play at the Canadian Open

Earlier this month, Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon citing an abdominal injury. However, he has recovered well and is all set to return to training. Further, a Canadian Open official even confirmed that he’s made hotel reservations in Montreal, meaning he is likely to play in the ATP 1000 tournament.

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It’ll be interesting to see how Nadal performs after recovering from an abdominal injury.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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