Rafael Nadal wins the Balearic Mid-Amateur

In the meantime, the Mallorcan plays golf, his other great passion, as we know. And he plays rather well, as he is attributed a "scratch" handicap

by Andrea Gussoni
Rafael Nadal wins the Balearic Mid-Amateur
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At 37 years old, Rafael Nadal is in the final stretch of his illustrious career. Injuries are piling up for the Spanish champion, who missed the 2024 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, due to a psoas injury.

His goal will, of course, be to attempt to secure a 15th victory at Roland Garros in June.

Rafael Nadal, golf

In the meantime, the Mallorcan plays golf, his other great passion, as we know. And he plays rather well, as he is attributed a "scratch" handicap.

"Rafa" has just won the Balearic Mid-Amateur Championship, which he was competing in for the fourth time. Placed but never a winner in the past, this time he left no chance for the competition. The man with 22 Grand Slam titles emerged victorious with a total score of +3 over two rounds played at the Santa Ponsa course.

His runner-up was seven shots behind... There were 75 participants. Rafael Nadal also finished in 3rd place in the net category at these championships... On the courts, the former world No. 1 is expected to make his return at Indian Wells.

His future opponents know what to expect; his mental game is still top-notch, even if he has recently faced numerous criticisms in his country for being clumsy in statements about gender pay equality. We already know, in any case, what Rafael Nadal's main occupation will be when he retires from tennis...

Rafael Nadal Parera, known as Rafa (born June 3, 1986, in Manacor), is a Spanish tennis player. Due to his records, titles won, and powerful and complete repertoire of play, he is recognized as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, as well as one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports.

With 22 victories out of 30 finals contested, he is the second most successful man in Grand Slam events behind Novak Djokovic. In his career, he has won 14 French Opens (an absolute record), 4 US Opens, 2 Wimbledons, and 2 Australian Opens.

Alongside Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, and Novak Djokovic, he is one of only four tennis players capable of winning all four Grand Slam tournaments at least twice. With 59 victories, he ranks second in the list of Big Titles wins, which are the most important and prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.

In addition to the aforementioned 22 Grand Slam titles, he has won 36 Masters 1000 titles and a gold medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His list of achievements also includes 23 ATP 500 titles, 10 ATP 250 titles, 5 Davis Cups with the Spanish national team, and 2 Laver Cups, as well as another Olympic gold medal, this time in doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Overall, he has won 110 titles, placing him at number 6 in the list of tennis players by number of titles won, with 92 titles in singles alone (ranking 5th in this category). His numerous victories on red clay (a record of 63 titles) have earned him the nickname "King of Clay," a surface on which he is considered the greatest player in the history of tennis.

Also nicknamed "The Left-handed from Manacor," he has been ranked world No. 1 for a total of 209 weeks, finishing 5 seasons at the top of the rankings, and has been named ITF World Champion 5 times. He is the only tennis player in history to have reached the No.

1 position in the ATP rankings in three different decades (2000-2009, 2010-2019, 2020-2029), and he holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 (912: from April 25, 2005, to March 19, 2023).

Rafael Nadal