Recently, many tennis fans purchased some flights to Barcelona to see arguably the most talented player of all time, Rafael Nadal, battle it out at the Barcelona Open, which takes place this week. Despite Rafael Nadal’s tremendous sporting career, it is easy to overlook that he is just twenty-four years old! In the space of a few years, Nadal has been crowned champion in each of the four Grand Slams, as well as picking up an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, three years ago. (Andre Agassi is the only other player to have won all four Grand Slams). In addition, he led Spain to Davis Cup success in 2009, which took place in Barcelona.
The French Open, one of Rafa’s favourite tournaments, will take place in Paris next month. The tournament has a notorious reputation on the tennis circuit, as being one of the most difficult because playing on clay, doesn’t come naturally to all players. Even all time sporting greats like Pistol Pete and John McEnroe failed to be crowned champions at Roland Garros! Arrange your Paris flight if you would like to see if Rafa can lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires at the French Open for the sixth time. Nicknamed the ‘Matador,’ Rafael Nadal has been crowned winner of this grand tournament five times, defeating other world-class players along the way.
Outside his hectic timetable, the Matador helps a number of charities, like Laureus. The Laureus charity organisation encourages using sport as a tool in order to promote social change for the better. He is also a great role model for young people aspiring to be professional tennis players, just like him. Even if you are not a budding tennis player, this is a fantastic sport to play, especially when you are on holiday abroad. Plan your Faro flights and you will be get the chance to play long hours of tennis in the beautiful Algarve. Take advantage of your time in Portugal and get practising on clay courts, which are rarely found in the UK.