Rafa Nadal, top-20 in the Balearic Absolute Golf

The tennis player Rafa Nadal qualified in sixteenth place in the Absolute Balearic Golf Championship held this weekend in the Majorcan town of Son Servera

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rafa Nadal, top-20 in the Balearic Absolute Golf
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The tennis player Rafa Nadal qualified in sixteenth place in the Absolute Balearic Golf Championship held this weekend in the Majorcan town of Son Servera, where Joan Tous Nicolau was proclaimed the winner, while in the women's category the junior Lucía López won.

. Nadal, who plans to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, finished the rounds on Saturday and Sunday with 157 strokes, 13 more than the winner, in the Under-49 category, individual 'stroke play' modality.

Rafael Nadal, results

Once the course handicap was applied to the 77 registered players (number of strokes established by the competition to put the ball in a certain hole), Nadal ranked 44th after 153 strokes, 9 behind the winner, Patryk Stochmal, of the category childish.

The winner of 22 Grand Slam tennis titles usually combines his sport with golf, of which he is a regular practitioner with a 0.1 handicap, very low and almost at the level of a professional player. In fact, Nadal won the title of Balearic amateur champion last February on the fields of Santa Ponça and also participated in the tournament against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) held at Pula Golf, the venue for the Balearic Championship this year.

weekend. Nadal has been playing many of the golf tournaments held in Mallorca for years, which he combines with training and participation in the tennis circuit. The best Spanish tennis player in history has resigned from the Wimbledon tournament that will be played starting this Monday to prepare for his participation in the clay court at Roland Garros, where the tennis competition of the Olympic Games will also be held.

At the age of 8 Nadal practiced both football and tennis, but his uncle Toni intensified his training on the latter after winning a regional under-12 tournament. At the age of 12, Nadal won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group, although he continued to play football.

At that point his father made him choose which of the two sports to continue, to avoid damaging his academic performance: Rafael chose tennis, but despite abandoning football, he still continues to follow it.

Rafa Nadal
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