1. Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 27 titles in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, and 16 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments.
2. He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
3. In 2010, he became the seventh player in history and youngest of four in the Open Era to achieve the Career Grand Slam at age 24.
4. He is the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Golden Slam.
5. In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
6. Nadal and Mats Wilander are the only two male players in history who have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces hard court, grass, and clay. By winning the 2014 French Open, Nadal became the only male player to win a single Grand Slam tournament nine times and the first to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years, breaking the record of eight consecutive years previously shared by Bjrn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer.
7. Nadal holds the record for most consecutive titles at a particular tournament after winning his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Masters in 2012 and is the only player in the open era to achieve such a feat.
8. Nadal is the only male player in tennis history to win one Grand Slam and Masters 1000 title for ten consecutive years from 2005 – 2014.
9. Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain, to Sebastin Nadal, a businessman who owns an insurance company, a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca, and manages his own restaurant, Sa Punta.
10. His uncle, Miguel ngel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.
11. At age eight, Nadal won an under-12 regional tennis championship at a time when he was also a promising football player.
12. When Nadal was 12, he won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group and was playing tennis and football all the time. Nadal’s father made him choose between football and tennis so that his school work would not deteriorate entirely.
13. When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training.
14. Nadal’s family turned down this request, partly because they feared it would hurt his education, but also because Toni said that “I don’t want to believe that you have to go to America, or other places to be a good athlete.
15. You can do it from your home.” The decision to stay home meant that Nadal received less financial support from the federation; instead, Nadal’s father covered the costs.