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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    "Rafael Nadal The Biography"

    Rafael Nadal The Biography written by Tom Oldfield published by John Blake Publishing Ltd, starts off with sharing a few things about the tennis star Rafael Nadal's childhood. Oldfield immediately reveals the athleticism in Rafael Nadal's family, "His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal played football (soccer) for Real Mallorca, Barcelona and Spain." Oldfield continues to talk about Nadal's childhood and the lesson's Rafa's Uncle Toni taught him as he coached him from the time he picked up his first racquet. Oldfield reveals interesting tidbits of information such as, ". Toni persuaded his nephew to learn to play tennis left-handed." Oldfield speaks of the tennis and life lessons Toni has taught Rafa, along with a strong respect for the game of tennis. Oldfield begins to talk about Rafa's professional career with Nadal's first Wimbledon in 2003 at the age of Seventeen. Oldfield speaks of Nadal round by round through the tournament giving game and set scores along with a match summary. Oldfield talks of Rafa's injuries at a young age, and how a positive attitude and a drive to succeed kept Nadal from leaving tennis. Oldfield continues to shadow Nadal's career, and how he built on early success never letting the fame of being a young star burn him out, and continues to talk of Nadal passing Federer in the Rankings and the summer he had after that, and a look at Rafa's bright future. Overall I found this to be a pretty informative book. Tom Oldfield did a great job with all of the facts and numbers, along with a well written summary of each match that made you feel like you were there. Although this book is well written I found it to contain more stats than insight into Rafa's life. Oldfield gave you occasional quotes from Rafa to media, and hardly anything about Rafa as anything but a tennis player. I enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to people who like facts and statistics about Rafa or tennis, or anyone who likes the sport or Rafael Nadal.

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