Rafael Nadal: fortune and income from prize money
|Grand Slam wins||21|
|birth date||June 03, 1986 (35 years old)|
|Born in||Manacor, Majorca, Spain|
|marital status||married to Maria Francesca Perello (since 2019)|
|job||Tennis pro, advertising star|
How rich is Rafael Nadal?
Born on June 3, 1986 in the Spanish city of Manacor on Mallorca, Rafael Nadal is currently one of the 100 richest celebrities in the world according to the US Forbes Magazine . As with all professional athletes , the estimated fortune of the equivalent of 185 million euros is not only made up of his tournament prize money in tennis, but also of course from his numerous sponsorship contracts, which he has with KIA Motors, Nike, Poker Stars and numerous others, among others.
As a tennis player rises in the world rankings, his sponsors are more inclined to pay him, so his advertising revenue plays a significant role in his overall wealth. With $127.44 million in career prize money , the Spaniard is currently third on the all-time list.
The career of Rafa Nadal
Nadal got his first tennis experience from a very early age as his uncle believed he had a natural talent for the sport. So he took him – himself a former professional tennis player (Toni Nadal) – to the first tennis matches. The young Rafael Nadal was immediately enthusiastic about this sport and began to play tennis himself in the following years. At the age of eight, he was to prove that his uncle wasn’t wrong when he won a tennis championship for U-12 players and demonstrated his talent. Nevertheless, his further career, which would ultimately lead to him becoming a professional tennis player, was not yet mapped out, as he was also an excellent soccer player at the same time.
His uncle also noticed that young Rafael was one of the few tennis players who could play with both hands, so he trained him on the left hand so he could have the advantage during most matches. Even today, Nadal plays with his left hand and writes with his right. Success was not long in coming. Already in April 2002 he won his first ATP match against Ramón Delgado. Of course, at that time he was still far from the top 100 in the world rankings, but on the other hand he was just 15 years old at the time. Two years later he should already have to prove himself against tougher opponents, which he only partially succeeded in doing. Nevertheless, he was able to beat Roger Federer in 2004 – as one of only six tennis players in total.
Despite the mixed results, it was noticeable that he gradually improved and grew with his tasks. The following year, at the age of 18, he became the youngest player to win an individual Davis Cup. That year he also reached 51st place in the world rankings. In the years that followed, the first big Grand Slam titles and gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing followed.
Number one in the world rankings
Through these achievements, he played his way to first place in the world rankings in 2008 , which brought him very lucrative advertising income. According to Forbes, he earned around 30 million US dollars a year from his numerous advertising contracts alone , and 14.5 million US dollars a year from his numerous games (here the winning bonuses are included). Nadal will continue to compete against his biggest rival, Novak Djokovic , whose coach was even the German Boris Becker . Since Roger Federer is already one of the older hands, it is assumed that he will soon announce the end of his career.
21 Grand Slam victories
- 2x Australian Open (2009, 2022)
- 13x French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- 2x Wimbledon (2008, 2010)
- 4x US Open (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)
Rafael Nadal bought a luxury villa in Porto Cristo, Mallorca in 2013 for 4 million euros . The property extends over 7,000 square meters and is not far from his birthplace, Manacor. In addition to this villa, he has another villa in the same place. He also owns a luxury property in the Dominican Republic. Nothing is known about their purchase price. However, it is part of a larger resort and is conveniently located just half an hour from Santo Domingos Airport.
When it comes to cars, too, he knows no restraint. He enjoys an exclusive Aston Martin DBS as well as a Mercedes-Benz SL550. The cars alone have a combined list price of around US$400,000 .