World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, took part in a golf tournament in Spain this weekend even as the tennis circuit remains suspended till early August.
Rafael Nadal plays a golf tournament in Mallorca
According to the Spanish daily Marca, Nadal took part in a tournament in Mallorca, at Son Antem golf.
Nadal has been a big fan of golf for many years now. In 2011, he write a column for the Telegraph, in which he spoke about his likeness for the game and also his competitiveness while playing the sport. "I think I have a capacity to accept difficulties and overcome them that is superior to many of my rivals.
Maybe that is why I like golf so much, because it’s a game that also plays to the discipline I’ve acquired in tennis to stay calm under pressure. You need a base of talent, obviously, and lots of practice, but what’s decisive in golf is not letting one bad shot affect the rest of your game.
I find it impossible to play any game without giving 100 per cent. As a little boy I’d hate losing at anything. I take my cue from Tiger Woods. From start to finish, I barely say a word to my rivals; I certainly don’t compliment them on a good shot.
They complain, they get angry with me, curse me for my rudeness." The Spaniard has confirmed that he will be playing the Mutua Madrid Open Masters series event in September. He has yet to confirm whether he will play the US Open Grand Slam tournament in New York.
Rafael Nadal is currently ranked No. 2 in the world and has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career - the second-most in history for a male player, behind Roger Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles. At the majors, Nadal has won a record 12 French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for ten consecutive years (2005–2014).
He has also won a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.