Rafael Nadal: 'Spending my life in Mallorca is the best thing I could do'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Spending my life in Mallorca is the best thing I could do'

Preparing for an inaugural ATP Cup at the beginning of 2020, Rafael Nadal spoke about the best decisions he has made in his life. Although he had chances, the 21-time Major champion admitted that he never wanted to live outside Spain.

Despite high taxes and the indefinite length of a career due to injuries in the early years, Rafa never wanted to move from Mallorca, not even to Barcelona, where he had the opportunity to train for free. Surrounded by his family and working under the guidance of his uncle Toni, Rafa has achieved incredible things in the past 17 years.

The Spaniard became one of the greatest players of all time and established a legacy that will take some beating in the future. Nadal will turn 36 in June, and he is still among the world's best players. The Spaniard has won 20 out of 21 matches this season and claimed the record-breaking 21st Major crown at the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal explained his decision to spend his life in Spain.

"Staying here in Manacor was the best decision I have ever made. That's one of the most satisfying choices of my career. When I was young, I had the opportunity to go to the High-Performance Centre in Sant Cugat in Barcelona to train without paying anything.

Still, I wanted to stay at home, work with my uncle and keep my family around me, even though it meant my family had to make significant financial sacrifices. When I became a professional, some people suggested I should go and live somewhere else because it would have been very beneficial in terms of money.

But I decided to stay in Spain and pay a 50% tax on everything I have earned from tennis in what could have been a short career. I would have made a lot more money if I had lived abroad, but that would not make me happy, and it could have cost me more personally.

I do not know if, at that time, I would have been mentally prepared to go and train and live somewhere else. In Spain, athletes pay a high tax rate, and a lot of what we earn comes from overseas, with a higher tax rate. Still, I have never regretted my decision because it helped me professionally and to achieve all these things," Rafael Nadal said.