19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, of Spain, is the proud new owner of a custom-built Sunreef 80 yacht. The Spaniard has often spoken about his love for going out to the seas to destress and unwind when he is back home and spoke to Forbes magazine about his new yacht.
Rafael Nadal on his Sunreef 80 yacht and his love for boating
In his interview to Forbes, Nadal spoke about why he decided to go in for his own boat and how going out to the seas helps him relax, which also has a positive impact on his tennis career.
"I live on an island, it’s part of the local lifestyle. When you have your own personal boat, you decide when you go out. When you charter out, you can’t just choose to go immediately. When your boat is next to your house, you wake up, have breakfast and say: “you know what, I want to spend the day out there on the boat”.
I can get away from the stress that way. To me it’s important, it helps me restore positive energy. That’s something that helps me move forward with my tennis career, it’s one of the things I really appreciate in boating.
Of course, to go for ownership is a tough decision, because it’s expensive, but it’s just good for my personal life." The Spaniard also spoke about why he chose the 80 Sunreef Power in specific. "Firstly, you can customize the boat (the 80 Sunreef Power) and make it truly adapted to your needs.
Second thing is when you are at anchor, the stability is just unbelievable. You can always relax, sleep, it’s perfect. Sometimes you won’t even feel you are on a yacht, because it feels so much like a home. It’s a yacht that you can use like a home."
The Spaniard says he plans to use his new yacht around his home right now but hopes to be able to use it to travel to other places after his tennis career is over. "I am going to use the boat most of the time in the Balearic Islands.
Mainly because I don’t have a lot of time these days to go very far. I have to keep training and keep my focus on tennis. Hopefully in the near future I will have the chance to take the boat to other places and discover the world.
I feel very fortunate to have the boat and to be able to share it with my friends and family. At the end of the day, it doesn’t make any sense to keep the boat just to yourself. If I own a yacht, it is to share it."
Rafael Nadal is the current World No. 2 and a 19-time Grand Slam singles champion. He has won a record 12 French Open titles in his career so far.