Top 10 Men Tennis Players 2018
> Full name is Rafael Nadal Parera, nicknamed “Rafa”.
> Began playing tennis at age 4 with his uncle Toni.
> Plays left-handed but writes right-handed. Used to play with 2-handed forehand and backhand before his uncle made him change at age 9 or 10 to a 1-handed forehand.
> Father, Sebastian, is a business partner with his 2 brothers of a restaurant, Sa Punta, and owner of a glass and windows company, Vidres Mallorca; mother, Ana Maria, is the Rafa Nadal Foundation president; sister, Maria Isabel.
> Comes from same island (Mallorca) as Carlos Moya. The city of Manacor is second-biggest in Mallorca.
> His other uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, is a former professional football player with stints on FC Barcelona, Real Mallorca and Spanish national team that competed in 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
> Founded the Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2008 and was presented with ATP ACES for Charity grant in 2011. As part of his Foundation, in October 2010, opened the Rafael Nadal Tennis School in Anantapur, India, which hosts tournaments, as well as laying equal emphasis on education and tennis training. Learn more about his Foundation: www.fundacionrafanadal.org.
> Opened the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in May 2016. It is a high-performance training academy that combines high-level tennis and education with open or supervised residency schemes in weekly, monthly, annual or summer camp programs. For more information, please visit www.rafanadalacademy.com.
> Attended Spain’s winning World Cup final match in South Africa on 11 July 2010 (1 week after winning Wimbledon).
> Appeared in Shakira’s music video for the song, “Gypsy”.
> Biography “Rafa”, written with John Carlin, published in 2011.
> Elected to ATP Player Council for 2010-12 term.
> Won ATP No. 1 award 4 times (2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017), Comeback Player of Year in 2013, Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2011 for his contributions through the Rafa Nadal Foundation, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award in 2010, Most Improved Player in 2005 and ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2003.
> Named Sportsman of the Year (2011), Comeback of the Year (2014) and Newcomer of the Year (2006) at Laureus World Sports Awards.
> Recipient of Prince of Asturias Award in 2008, ESPY’s Best Male International Athlete Award in 2008, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2010, L’Equipe Champion of Champions Award in 2010 and 2013 and “Legend Award” for 75th anniversary of Spanish sports daily Marca in November 2013.
> Honoured by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy with the “Medalla de Oro al Trabajo” (Gold Medal for Merit in Work) in May 2015, one of the top civilian honours in Spain.
> Honoured by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo with “Grand Vermeil” medal in May 2015, the highest distinction from Paris. Molded his hands into clay at the Centre Pompidou in Paris following 11th Roland Garros title in 2018.
> Received an honorary doctoral degree, “Doctor Honoris Causa,” from the European University of Madrid.
> Flagbearer for Spain at 2016 Rio Olympics.
> Centre Court at Barcelona was renamed “Pista Rafa Nadal” in 2017.
> Suite named after him at Monte-Carlo Bay hotel includes shirts, racquets and shoes used in matches, as well as photos of his 11 titles at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo.
> Fitness trainer and physiotherapist is Rafael Maymo.
> Missed 9 Grand Slams due to injury: Australian Open in 2006 (left foot) and 2013 (stomach virus); Roland Garros in 2003 (elbow) and 2004 (left ankle); Wimbledon in 2004 (left ankle), 2009 (knee) and 2016 (left wrist); and US Open in 2012 (left knee) and 2014 (right wrist). Underwent surgery for appendicitis in November 2014.
> Began playing tennis at age 8.
> Mother, Lynette, is South African; father, Robert, is Swiss; sister, Diana.
> Idols growing up were Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Pete Sampras.
> Served as ballboy from 1993-94 at hometown tournament in Basel, where he has gone on to win record 8 titles.
> Enjoys spending time with his family, relaxing on the beach and playing cards and table tennis. Likes to go skiing with family, though he does not go to the tops of mountains. Big fan of hometown football team, FC Basel.
> Speaks English, French, German and Swiss German.
> Winner of a record 36 ATP World Tour Awards: ATP No. 1 (2004-07, 2009), Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year (2006, 2013), Comeback Player of the Year (2017), Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship (2004-09, 2011-17) and ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite (2003-17).
> Most decorated athlete in history of Laureus World Sports Awards, winning Sportsman of the Year 5 times (2005-08, 2018) and Comeback of the Year in 2018.
> Other Awards: Swiss of the Year (2003); Swiss Athlete of the Year (2003-04, 2006-07, 2012, 2014); ITF Player of the Year (2004-2007, 2009); ITWA Player of Year and Ambassador for Tennis (2004-06); BBC Sports Overseas Personality of Year (2004, 2006-07); L’Equipe’s Champion of Champions (2005-2007); ESPY’s Best Male International Athlete Award (2007); U.S. Academy Outstanding Athlete presented by USA Today and MSNBC (2005-06); GQ Germany “International Man of the Year” (2005); Swiss Team of the Year with Stan Wawrinka (2008) and the Swiss Davis Cup Team (2014); US Open Sportsmanship Award (2014) and GQ Most Stylish Man (2016).
> Named one of 100 Most Influential People of 2018 by Time Magazine, appearing on cover of 30 April / 7 May 2018 issue.
> Ranked No. 2 on the Reputation Institute’s 2011 study of world’s most respected, admired and trusted personalities. Finished behind Nelson Mandela and ahead of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Bono.
> Formed the Roger Federer Foundation win 2003, investing more than $50 million in support of community-driven initiatives to increase the quality of education in Southern Africa (Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, and South Africa) and Switzerland.
> Special edition stamp of him released by Swiss Post on 10 April 2007 in Basel. First person to receive honour while still living.
> Named top global athlete brand in 2016 and 2017 Forbes Fab 40. Brand value exceeds LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Neymar. Ranked by Forbes in 2011 as world’s 25th-most powerful celebrity and 1st in sub category ‘press rank’ – a reflection of media coverage a celebrity receives. Also named highest-earning tennis player off court 11 straight years (2007-17).
> Recognized as world’s Most Marketable Athlete by London School of Marketing in 2015 and 2017.
> Awarded an honourary doctorate degree by University of Basel Faculty of Medicine on 24 November 2017.
> Served as president on the ATP Player Council for 3 terms (2008-14).
> Wife, Mirka Vavrinec (married 11 April 2009), played on WTA Tour and reached career-high No. 76 following run to 2001 US Open 3R. Shared 1st kiss during 2000 Sydney Olympics, where Federer finished 4th. Teamed at 2002 Hopman Cup and went 1-2 in mixed doubles.
> Father to 2 sets of twins: Myla & Charlene (born 23 July 2009) and Leo & Lenny (born 6 May 2014).
> Fitness trainer is Pierre Paganini and physical therapist is Daniel Troxler.
> Played at only 7 events in 2016 due to left knee injury suffered while drawing a bath for twin daughters following Australian Open SF loss. Underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery on 3 February 2016 — 1st operation of his career.
> Nickname is “Sascha”.
> Began playing tennis at age 5.
> Father, Alexander, was a former pro player and is now his coach; mother, Irina, is a tennis coach; brother, Mischa, finished 2017 at No. 33. Family moved to Germany in 1991.
> Speaks German, Russian and English.
> Idol growing up was Roger Federer. Enjoys watching NBA and favourite sporting personality is Dwyane Wade.
> Named 2015 ATP Star of Tomorrow for being the youngest player to finish in the Top 100.
> Featured in Vogue’s 2015 and 2017 September issue.
> Enjoys playing golf and FIFA 18.
> Trains in Monaco and Saddlebrook, Florida.
> Fitness trainer is Jez Green and physiotherapist is Hugo Gravil.
> Nicknames are “Delpo” and “la Torre de Tandil”.
> Began playing tennis at age 5 with coach Marcelo Gomez.
> Father, Daniel, is a veterinarian; mother, Patricia, is a literature teacher.
> Idols growing up were Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.
> Favourite surface is hard and shot is forehand.
> Enjoys playing football, fishing and cooking Argentinean asado (barbecue).
> Fan of football team Boca Juniors.
> Was named Argentina’s Sportsman of the Year in 2013.
> Named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2011 and 2016.
> Travels with a trainer, doctor, psychologist and kinesiologist.
> Underwent left wrist surgeries on 24 March 2014 (joint), 20 January 2015 (ligament) and 18 June 2015 (tendon), as well as right wrist surgery on 4 May 2010. All 4 surgeries were at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA.
> Nicknamed “Chila” by his friends.
> Began playing at age 7 with his cousin, Tanja.
> Father, Zdenko; mother, Koviljka, are both retired; brothers: Vinko, Goran and Mile.
> Favourite football teams are AC Milan and the Croatian national team; admires players Kaka and Robinho.
> Enjoys playing on all surfaces but says hard and grass are best-suited surfaces for him.
> Recipient of 2016 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award after launching Marin Cilic Foundation in June 2016 to provide young people improved access to education.
> Admires countrymen Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic.
> Wife, Kristina Milkovic (married 28 April 2018).
> Fitness trainer is Slaven Hrvoj and physiotherapists are Stijepo Jarak and Robert Prusac.
> Missed Australian Open in 2012 (left knee) and 2015 (right shoulder). Withdrew from ATP Masters 1000 events in 2016 at Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome (knee). Did not play between Wimbledon and US Open in 2017 (adductor).
> Father, Dimitar, is a tennis coach; mother, Maria, is a sports teacher and former volleyball player.
> Idol growing up was Pete Sampras.
> Favourite shot is backhand down the line.
> Favourite surfaces are hard and grass.
> Favourite tournament is Wimbledon.
> Hobbies include cars, computers and collecting watches.
> Fitness trainer is Sebastien Durand and physiotherapist is Casey Cordial.
> Nicknamed “Domi”.
> Began playing tennis at age 6.
> Father, Wolfgang, and mother, Karin, are professional tennis coaches; brother, Moritz, also plays tennis.
> Idols growing up were countrymen Stefan Koubek and Jurgen Melzer.
> Favourite shot is forehand and surface is clay.
> Favourite tournaments are Vienna and Kitzbuhel.
> Big football fan and supports Chelsea FC.
> Founded his own football club, called 1. TFC Matzendorf.
> Also enjoys and follows ski jump competitions.
> Featured in Vogue’s 2017 September issue.
> Joined Austrian military service from November 2014 to April 2015 (did not miss any tournaments).
> Physiotherapist is Alex Stober.
> Nickname “Kevdog” or “Kevduck”
> Began playing tennis at age 6.
> Parents Michael and Barbara retired from engineering in 2007; father now works parttime in hotel business; brother, Gregory.
> Used to competitively run 800 metre races.
> Played at University of Illinois for 3 seasons (2005-07). Won 2006 NCAA doubles title (w/Ryan Rowe). Reached 2007 NCAA singles semi-finals and doubles final. Also reached 2007 team final. Earned All-American honors all 3 years.
> Favourite surface is hard and shot is serve.
> Favourite tournament is Indian Wells.
> Enjoys outdoor adventures, reading, playing guitar and racing sports cars. He considers himself a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
> Idol growing up was Pete Sampras
> Member of ATP Player Council from June 2012-18.
> Founded RealLifeTennis.com with wife Kelsey and former coach GD Jones, where they offer in-depth tennis instruction and access to life on tour.
> Favourite movies are “Lord of the Rings” and “Return of the King”
> Best place ever visited is Necker Island, Virgin British Islands
> Wife, Kelsey, played on golf team at University of Illinois (married 26 November 2011).
> Struggled with a series of injuries in 2016-17, including left knee, right shoulder, groin, hip and left thigh. Also underwent minor ankle surgery on 15 March 2016.
> Nicknamed “La Goff”.
> Began playing tennis at age 6 with his father.
> Father, Michel, is a tennis coach at the Barchon Club in Liege; mother, Francoise; brother, Simon.
> Enjoys playing golf.
> Idol growing up was Roger Federer.
> Voted by fellow players in 2014 as the ATP Comeback Player of the Year.
> Trains with the Belgian Tennis Federation in Mons.
> Underwent season-ending left wrist surgery on 9 September 2013. Missed 6 weeks in 2017 due to right ankle injury suffered at Roland Garros and 4 weeks in 2018 due to eye injury suffered at Rotterdam.