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- Publisher: Sphere
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 197mm x 20mm | 254g
- Publication date: 7 June 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0751547735
- ISBN 13: 9780751547733
- Illustrations note: Section: 16, colour pix
- Sales rank: 2,918
The Sunday Times bestselling autobiography from the greatest tennis player of his generation No tennis player since Andre Agassi has captivated the world like Rafael Nadal. He's a rarity in today's sporting arena - a true sportsman who chooses to let his raw talent, dedication and humility define him. Rapidly closing in on his friend and rival Roger Federer's record haul of 16 grand slam victories, Nadal is an extraordinary competitor whose ferocity on court is made even more remarkable by his grace off it. This book takes us to the heart of Nadal's childhood, his growth as a player, and his incredible career. It includes memorable highs and lows, from victory in the 2008 Wimbledon final - a match that John McEnroe called the 'greatest game of tennis ever played' - to the injury problems that have frequently threatened his dominance of the sport, to becoming the youngest player of the open era to complete a career Grand Slam in 2010. It transports us from Nadal's lifelong home on the island of Majorca to the locker room of Centre Court as he describes in detail the pressures of competing in the greatest tournament in the world. It offers a glimpse behind the racquet to learn what really makes this intensely private person - who has never before talked about his home life - tick. And it provides us with a story that is personal, revealing and every bit as exciting as Nadal himself.
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Rafael Nadal is a 26 year old professional tennis player, and winner of nine grand slam singles titles to date. He is without a doubt one of the greatest players the game has ever seen. John Carlin is an award-winning British journalist and author.
By Jackie Gibson 25 Mar 2014
I was probably a bit naive when I ordered this expecting it to be about more than just tennis. To some extent it is, but at the end of the day Rafael Nadal is still young so there's only so much he can have packed into his life that is worth reading about.
Rafa: My Story is a terrific sporting memoir, full of memorable anecdotes and stamped with the authority of a ghostwriter who earned the complete trust of his subject. It is hard to imagine how Nadal could have done any more to get the best out of his own raw material. And it is to Carlin's enourmous credit that the book is a true reflection of the man, in every sense -- Ed Smith New Statesman Between them they have served up a winner -- Simon Redfern Independent Take a glimpse behind the curtain of both his private and professional life - it's as exciting as Rafa himself Woman's Own