The Spanish tennis player Nadal has conquered the world of tennis since he started playing. We all know that, but the left handed has always been considered one of the most humble and down-to-earth sportmen of the last years.
When he’s only 27 he’s been able to reach what for others will be always a dream. The last 9th of June the Spanish tennis player lifted up his eighth Roland Garros and his twelfth Grand Slam in his 18 years playing tennis.
And we all wonder how this guy has been able to perfom in such an incredible way the last years. What’s his secret?
Many others tennis players haven’t been able to reach -and more important; to keep- Nadal’s stats lengthwise their careers, and to him it seems like nothing. But the truth’s he puts a huge effort into every single match he plays and after all we’ve seen him being the most constant sportman of the moment.
Yesterday I could read a really interesting article on a Mexican digital media, Alto Nivel, that made me want to translate it into English as I have seen lately how British people and tennis fans support and love Rafa Nadal in the UK.
When Nadal came back to play Roland Garros after a seven-months injury in his knee, he let fans know he’d gotten over the pain but he might not be ready to win a Grand Slam after that. But he was, and he even did in just three sets, beating his compatriot David Ferrer in the final.
“If you think you cannot be a better player is because you know nothing about life. You can always get better, also in tennis”, he said after this great deed in Paris. “That doesn’t mean you are going to win more matches. To win or to lose depend on different factors such as mentality, luck…”, he clarified.
Rafa hasn’t been the first sportmen in growing up next to a mentor that, before being his coach and part of his family, he was his friend: Toni Nadal. His uncle and personal trainer has always claimed when asked how Nadal has become in one of the greatest players of all the times: “To reach any goal, even if it’s small or a great one, there’s just a way: take a decision and work on it“.
But we all know there’s no victory without sacrifice. In 2004 when Nadal was playing at Shanghai Rolex Masters the coach and uncle said: “I’ve always said to him; you cannot pretend to be a world’s champion and wait for it while sat, even if you’re really talented. Since he was a child I have been demanding and picky because I have always insisted he couldn’t get anything if he didn’t sacrificed.
But if there’s something special in Nadal as a leader and world’s champion is his human formation. Toni Nadal says: “Always I have taught him how to be a down-to-earth person because success won’t last forever and you can have it today and tomorrow no one remembers you. Rafa is a great delighted person, and we want him to be correct and grateful“.
What are the real keys to his success?
- Sacrifice; even though he’s always said “motivation is to love the sport, to appreciate it and enjoy what I do”.
- Order; Toni and the rest Nadal’s family take permanently care of Rafa’s order in life and in his sport career as every leader needs.
- Values; without any kind of doubts Nadal’s values are really strong and they come from his family’s education: respect and humility. This is what truly makes him a successfull person in tennis and in life.
- Perseverance despite bad times.
- Wisely as he enjoyes analysing his rivals and making up a strategy to beat them down.
With all this in mind he’s carrying on on his way to reach the world’s number 1 again. Who knows if Wimbledon will be the chosen scene to lift up his thirteenth Grand Slam.
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