Rafa Nadal, far from the leader in the Balearic

This has allowed him to take some time to return to a tournament that he is very passionate about, although it has nothing to do with tennis.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rafa Nadal, far from the leader in the Balearic
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Rafa Nadal is not in London this week preparing to compete in Wimbledon, since after being eliminated from Roland Garros he decided to continue with his training on clay, thinking about the Paris Olympic Games, which on this occasion will be held in the same location.

in which he has been crowned 14 times.

Rafael Nadal, results

This has allowed him to take some time to return to a tournament that he is very passionate about, although it has nothing to do with tennis. Today he started the Absolute Balearic Championship at Pula Golf Resort and Rafa put down his racket for a while to pick up his clubs.

With his 0.1 handicap, it can be said that he is very good at golf. Let us remember that in February of this year, the Manacorí was crowned the Balearic amateur golf champion in Santa Ponsa I and he did so with no less than 7 strokes ahead of the second.

Now things are a little more complicated, as it is an absolute championship, but Nadal has had a good performance: 80 strokes (+8), and is ranked eighteenth. Of course, he is nine behind the leader, Lucas Albert Pons, the only golfer who played under par.

Rafa could only make two birdies, although a triple bogey on the 7th weighed heavily on his card. There were also a couple of double bogeys. His 80th, in any case, is a good result, although it does not allow him to go for victory in the final round this Sunday.

Rafael Nadal Parera was born in Manacor, on the island of Mallorca, to Sebastián Nadal and Ana María Parera. He has a younger sister named María Isabel and is the ex-fratre nephew of former footballer Miguel Ángel Nadal, defender of Mallorca, Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

Having understood Rafael's natural talent for tennis, another paternal uncle, Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player, started playing him when he was just three years old and was his coach until 2017. The Spaniard continued to live in Manacor even after turning professional and returns there as soon as he can to relax by fishing and playing golf;[22] here he also met María Francisca Perelló, known as Xisca, with whom he got engaged in December 2005.

The couple married on the island on 19 October 2019 and had a son three years later, on 8 October 2022, also named Rafael.

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