“Outside Court I Would Enjoy My Life”: Rafael Nadal Stresses He Did Not Miss Normal Teenage Life

Published 05/07/2021, 4:30 AM CDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 11: Rafael Nadal poses during the FAST4Tennis media opportunity at Circular Quay on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


Over the years, Rafael Nadal has enjoyed tremendous success on Tour. However, in order to achieve all of his accolades, he had to work hard during his early years. Tennis has been part of his life since he was a toddler, and his passion for it still remains strong. 

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Recently, Rafael Nadal reflected on his childhood. He indicated that unlike many other top players, he did not have to make major sacrifices. He found a way to maintain a balance. When he was on the tennis courts, the only thing on his mind was to become a better player. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third round match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin REUTERS/Juan Medina

Reflecting on his childhood, Rafa stated, “Honestly, I didn’t miss the things that the rest of my friends of mine did. I did less times but yes I was not the kind of guy or person that I was just focused on tennis tennis tennis every single day. I was practicing very hard yes I was focused when I was on court 100%. But outside the court I would enjoy my life, I was able to do the things my friends did.”

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Rafael Nadal found a balance between tennis and off-court activities

Unlike his friends, Nadal would not go to parties every weekend but once in a few weeks. He balanced things effectively and even spent time with his family. During other free moments, he enjoyed playing football on the beach. While he didn’t miss out on anything, he had to exercise more restraint in the number of times he did a non-tennis-related activity. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 25, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea

Nadal said, “I was just not able to go partying every Friday and Saturday. Instead, I went to a party one Saturday every few weeks but I had been to a lot of parties in my life too. I went to the beach, I played football. I even went to the cinema a lot of times I spent time having dinner with the family and everyone. I don’t think I missed anything. The only thing I can say is if they did 1000 times I probably did 100 times.”

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In the current season, Rafa began his season in Australia and lost in the semifinal at the Australian Open. He played his next tournament in Monte Carlo where he faced a quarterfinal departure at Andrey Rublev’s hands. The Spaniard then won his 12th title in Barcelona last month. He will look to carry forward the momentum in the coming events. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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