Posted by tennisplanet on July 25, 2009
-Full name is Rafael Nadal Parera.
-Father, Sebastian, is a business partner with two brothers of a restaurant, Sa Punta, and owner of a glass and windows company.
-Mother, Ana Maria, is a housewife; has one younger sister Maria Isabel.
-By the age of 16, Nadal was ranked in the world’s top 50 players.
-When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis progression and training. Nadal’s family turned down this request, partly because they feared it would hurt his education, but also because Toni Nadal said that “I don’t want to believe that you have to go to America, or other places to be a good athlete. 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.
-At his Wimbledon debut in 2003, Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round since Boris Becker in 1984.
-During 2004, Nadal played his first match against World No. 1 Roger Federer at the 2004 Miami Masters, and won in straight sets.
-Federer and Nadal are the only men in the open era who have played each other in 7 Grand Slam finals, with Nadal winning 5 of the 7 finals.
-Won most titles as a teenager: 16 tied with Björn Borg.
-Only the third teenager in history (since 1973) to reach world no. 2.
-Longest single-surface winning streak (clay): 81 matches.
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Posted by tennisplanet on July 14, 2009
-Has a sister named Diana who is two years older and is a nurse.
-Idol growing up was Boris Becker.
-Listed in People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue as an “International Man of Sexiness” in November 2005.
-In October 2007, voted No. 30 in a list of “the 100 most influential people in the world of sports” in BusinessWeek Magazine in U.S. (one of six athletes in Top 30).
-In June 2009, his birthplace, Basel, will rename its international tennis venue for its most famous sporting son…The St. Jakobshalle will be called “Roger Federer Arena” following a planned renovation that will be completed this fall.
-Carries a “Tweety” dressed as a ladybird for good luck.
-Plays the piano.
-Can anyone tell me what attracted Lynette to Robert? Trip to Switzerland from Africa? Height? Moustache?
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Posted by tennisplanet on July 11, 2009
-Fischer was responsible for converting Sampras’s two-handed backhand to one-handed with the goal of being better prepared to win Wimbledon – at age 11.
-His parents are Greek.
-Sampras won 20 of the 34 matches he played against Agassi.
-Sampras used one racket type, the Wilson Pro Staff Original, for his entire professional career.
-Sampras’s older sister Stella is the women’s tennis head coach at UCLA, and his younger sister, Marion, is a teacher in Los Angeles. His older brother, Gus, has been tournament director at the Scottsdale ATP event, but from 2007 he became president of the firm managing Pete’s business activities.
-Sampras married American actress and former Miss Teen USA Bridgette Wilson.
-Sampras has thalassemia minor, a genetic trait that sometimes causes a mild anemia.
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