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Ten things you probably didn’t know about Rafael Nadal


This article was originally published in 2014. We are republishing it this Sunday, October 11, 2020 on the occasion of the Roland-Garros final.

We know he loves Real Madrid and his native island, Mallorca. That his uncle was a professional footballer at Barça for years. That his body never gets exhausted during matches but can be damaged. But we do not know what is really hidden under his large blindfold.

We wanted to get to know the greatest clay court tennis player of all time a little better. From the portraits published in the press and the reading of his autobiography, we offer you some of its secrets. Did you know he was afraid of the dark?

1. Fear of the dark and thunderstorms: he is a very big coward

He is regularly compared to the famous superhero who puts on his underpants over his pants. On the courts, Rafael Nadal is Superman but in life he is only Clark Kent.

His entourage repeats it often: the Spaniard is a great coward, anxious about everything. He is afraid of dogs and thunderstorms, drives like a grandmother and does not like swimming too far from the sand. He himself recognizes this character trait:

“For example, being alone at home at night makes me very nervous. I can’t sleep in my bed. So I sleep on the couch, the TV, and all the lights on. I’m not very brave in the face of things

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