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NIKE Sportswear Presents RAFAEL NADAL

A crowd is growing at the tennis court. Amongthem, a young boy shouts excitedly into hisphone, “I can’t believe it! I came to play tennisand ended up meeting Rafael Nadal!” Hespeaks for all in attendance.This is what happens when the #1 rankedtennis player in the world—Rafael NadalParera—chooses to warm up at a small, publicclub. This particular one, in East Melbourne,Australia, isn’t far from where he will sooncompete in the most illustrious tournamentDown Under. He was immediately drawn to it,saying it reminded him of where he used to playback home in Manacor, Spain.

Home is perhaps the most important part of Rafa'sstill-being-built story. When he was just a 14-year oldtennis prodigy, gaining momentum and collecting astring of impressive junior titles, Spain’s ruling tennisbody insisted he move to Barcelona to train moreformally. His family turned down the offer, and with it,additional money, saying their ‘Rafa’ could become agreat athlete at home in Manacor, under the guidanceof his uncle. Not moving, it turned out, was a bold move.And it made the priorities clear: home and family. Soon,amassing championships would be added to the list.Something he’s done so frequently, it is often achallenge to remember the game without the 27-yearold legend.When the practice is session over, he walks over togreet the crowd that still can’t believe their luck. Youngboys laugh, eagerly presenting racquets to be signed.Nadal takes it all in, relaxed and smiling, clearlyenjoying this well-worn court with the familiar feel. Evenas his manager reminds him of the next pressingappointment, he takes the time to shake all the hands,pose for photos with the kids and thank thewell-wishers.In a few days, Nadal will play for yet another major title.But on this morning, he went back in time for a bit.Everyone watches as he climbs into a car and wavesone last goodbye. Then one of the all-time greatesttennis players pulls out of the past and slowly

disappears – only to head into the future.

THE PRIDE OF MANACORThough Manacor is never far from Nadal's heart,home is now wherever he takes the court.Here, Nadal sports the Tech Windrunner before he

begins training for an upcoming match.

Explore the SP/SU 14 Tech Pack Lookbook featuring Rafa Nadal:

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Barcelona: R2 Match Photos

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Barcelona: Nadal def Ramos R2 Match Stats

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  1. Rafael Nadal

    Current tournament:Barcelona Open BancSabadell (Men's Singles)
    R. Nadal
    2nd Round
    A. Ramos
    Apr 23, CompletedWatch Live
Service Statistics
Double Faults03
1st Serve %73%60%
1st Serve Points Won35/51 (69%)26/40 (65%)
2nd Serve Points Won12/19 (63%)11/27 (41%)
Break Points Saved2/4 (50%)0/3 (0%)
Service Games Played1111
Return Statistics
1st Return Points Won14/40 (35%)16/51 (31%)
2nd Return Points Won16/27 (59%)7/19 (37%)
Break Points Won3/3 (100%)2/4 (50%)
Return Games Played1111
Points Statistics
Total Service Points Won47/70 (67%)37/67 (55%)
Total Return Points Won30/67 (45%)23/70 (33%)
Total Points Won77/137 (56%)60/137 (44%)
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Quote of the Day!

"The success is not the victory, it's everything that you've fought to win" - Rafa Nadal

This quote is imprinted on the Baarcelona Tournament walls outside & in.

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Rafael Nadal Honorary Citizen of Madrid May 5


Rafa Nadal will be named Honorary Citizen of Madrid in an extraordinary plenary session to be held on May 5, as said the mayor of the capital, Ana Botella, at the launch of Longines Global Champions Tour . This title "Adopted Son "and that of " Favorite Son "represents the highest honor that recognizes the City of Madrid, for life. According to regulations, the first may be granted to one without being born in Madrid,meeting the merits and circumstances of prestige and undisputed general consideration . The last title of "Honorary Citizen of Madrid" was granted to the president Adolfo Suarez last March by unanimously posthumously.
Congratulations Rafa!

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Rafa Nadal & David Ferrer at Gran Teatre del Liceu

Spanish players Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer play inside the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona on April 214, 2014 ahead of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament Conde de Godo.


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#Nadal Latest Headlines


“Australia belongs to the past and I cannot justify myself every day. I had setbacks in my career and that was another one,”

ATP Rankings, April 21, 2014 - despite his QF loss in Monte-Carlo Rafa increased his lead over Novak by 220 points from the previous week. Rafa now leads Novak by 2270 points!
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Barcelona: Monday Practice Photos

More but smaller sized photos over at the facebook..

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Pre Tournament Press Conference Photos w/video

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Rafa Nadal Signs Autographs in Barcelona!

Rafa Nadal spends time with fans & signs many autographs..Only Rafa!

Photos: Alberto Montenegro for BarcelonaOpen
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