Rafa – My Story
Rafa Nadal is one of the world’s most famous athletes. He knows what it takes to be a champion and shares his secrets with us here.
His life story begins in Mallorca, a small island off the Spanish coast. His family has resided there for centuries, and his uncle Toni has trained him since he was 4. With his parents’ advice and humble background, Rafa became one of the most recognized athletes ever, always retaining composure.
Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final–described by John McEnroe as the greatest game of tennis he had ever seen– to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career.
With candid honesty, Nadal invites readers to join him on his dramatic and victorious journey. He never loses sight of what he holds most dear: the love for his family that binds them together.
During a match, you are in a permanent battle to fight back your everyday vulnerabilities, and bottle up your human feelings. The more bottled up they are, the greater your chances of winning, so long as you’ve trained as hard as you play and the gap in talent is not too wide between you and your rival. The gap in talent with Federer existed, but it was not impossibly wide. It was narrow enough, even on his favorite surface in the tournament he played best, for me to know that if I silenced the doubts and fears, and exaggerated hopes, inside my head better than he did, I could beat him. You have to cage yourself in protective armor, turn yourself into a bloodless warrior. It’s a kind of self-hypnosis, a game you play, with deadly seriousness, to disguise your own weaknesses from yourself, as well as from your rival.”
About the Author
Rafael Nadal, who was born in 1986 in Mallorca, Spain, currently ranks first in the world. He has nine grand slam titles and a career Golden Slam – winning all four major tournaments plus an Olympic gold medal. He lives in Mallorca, Spain.
John Carlin, originally from the UK, is currently a senior international reporter for El Pais, the world’s leading Spanish-language newspaper. He previously wrote one of his most famous books which would go on to become a successful feature film in cinemas worldwide.
Specifications of Think to Win: Strategic Dimension of Tennis
- Dimenssions: 5.25 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Number of Pages: 288 Pages
- Date of Publication: May 22, 2012
- Publisher: Hachette Books
- Idiom: English
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Reading Age: 18 years and up
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