Spanish ace Rafael Nadal was once a promising soccer player – until age 12, when he chose tennis and began winning national age-group championships. Turning pro at 15, he made an immediate impact and reached world #5 ranking while still not yet 19. Now 26, Nadal is currently ranked at world #4 after finishing both 2008 and 2010 as world #1. Though Nadal has experienced trouble in the last 18 months with a bad knee, he is still virtually unbeatable on clay.
- Born: Majorca, Spain, 1986
- Height/weight: 185 cm (6’1″); 85 kg (190 lbs)
- Plays: left-handed
- Turned pro: 2001
- Career Grand Slams: 11 (singles), including 7 French Open wins
- Olympic Gold Medal: Men’s Singles, Beijing, 2008
- Career Prize Earnings: $50,061,827