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Rare Photo of Rafael Nadal Flaunting His Chiseled Physique Sends Tennis World Into a Frenzy

Published 02/20/2023, 11:40 AM EST

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Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal has not had a great start to his year. The 36-year-old has not looked at his best after his Wimbledon 2022 injury. After a disappointing run in the US Open 2022, his fans expected better from him this year, but the Spaniard bowed out early in the season-opening Grand Slam event. The reason again was an injury. Looking at Nadal struggling with multiple injuries, we can’t help but remember his glorious old days. Back when the 36-year-old was in his prime. Not only in tennis, but also in the way he shaped his body.

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Recently, an old picture of Nadal went viral on the internet. Fans can’t stop talking about the amazing physique the tennis great had back then.

Fans get nostalgic as a superfit picture of Rafael Nadal resurfaces


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Rafael Nadal is an iconic personality in tennis. While we all know him for his phenomenal presence on the court, the Spaniard spends a good amount of time inside the gym as well. Back in 2008, the 36-year-old posed for a classy picture showing his chiseled physique.

Now that the legend is at the fag end of his illustrious career, his fans rejoiced the glorious moment, and reminisced about his career. Here’s the Reddit thread where fans can’t stop showing their admiration for the amazing fitness of the 22-time Grand Slam champion.


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While most of the fans can’t stop admiring the looks, a few fans were sad that the Spaniard had to let go of his muscular body. The reason Nadal had to reduce his mass was basically because of the multiple injury issues he faced over the course of his long and illustrious career.

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However, it won’t be wrong to say that the 22-time Grand Slam champion still got the looks that slay. With an aging body and multiple injuries, it is sad to see the legend struggling. Naturally, his decline in form has raised questions about his future on the ATP Tour. However, he recently quashed the rumors regarding the same. It will be interesting to see how the legend fares once he makes a comeback from his injury.


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While many experts believe that the Roland Garros 2023 might be his last tournament, a lot will depend on his recovery and fitness.



Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Tony Thomas