Rafael Nadal Opens Up on Sporting Values From Family Members That Influenced Him

Published 10/25/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)


The word ‘mentality’ is often overused in sports, and its importance overstated; however, one of the fiercest competitors on the men’s circuit over the past decades has been Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is renowned for his never-say-die attitude as much as his brilliant skills on the court.  

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Whatever Rafael Nadal has done in his life, he has always given his 100%, such is his commitment. The 35-year-old player from Mallorca, said that he doesn’t compromise on this factor to date. With each day passing by, he strives to outdo himself and perform better the following day. 

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion stated, “I was born into a family of many sports references and it is something that has always inspired me. I do not know how to do anything without always giving my best. It is something that has dominated my life. And what I try is to improve every day.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Rafael Nadal and his sporting background 

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Nadal mentioned that his family is deeply associated with sports; possibly, the biggest example of which is his uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal. Toni started coaching Rafa from a young age and inculcated a lot of the values that are present in him. Even Toni’s younger brother, Miguel, played professional football for Football Club Barcelona and Mallorca in La Liga. 

PARIS, FRANCE June 11. Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the semi finals of the singles competition at the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 11th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Coming to tennis, after failing to impress in Washington, the 13-time French Open champion decided it was best to fly back home in order to assess the foot injury that has been troubling him for some time now. He ended his 2021 season a while ago, but has since been spotted playing golf. 

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His association with the sport goes way long back. Nonetheless, we hope to see him recover soon and get back to doing what he is best known for. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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