Tennis megastar Rafael Nadal will represent Spain for the third time at the Olympic Games in Rio. The 30-year-old player is ranked No. 4 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Nadal played in the Olympic games in 2004 and 2008, winning a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the singles men competition. Despite having to withdraw from the 2016 French Open and Wimbledon due to a wrist injury, Nadal is confident he’ll be able to go for gold again in Rio.
Rafael Nadal Net Worth: $140 Million
Nadal was born in Spain on June 3, 1986 and started playing tennis at age 3 with his Uncle Toni. He has since become a tennis champion, turning pro in 2001, and won many tournaments. He’s won the French Open nine times, the Australian Open once, Wimbledon twice, the U.S. Open twice and even won 14 Grand Slam Singles titles.
Nadal has earned a total of $73 million in tournament prize money to date, adding to his $140 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He even won a V8 Mercedes sports car and $118,000 at the 2015 ATP Tour tournament. Nadal’s career prize money ranks third all-time behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
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In 2016, Forbes ranked Nadal No. 21 among the world’s highest-paid athletes. According to Forbes, he’ll make $32 million this year in endorsements. Among his endorsement partners are Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Babolat, Telefonica, and Banco Sabadell. Kia signed a deal with him last year that will run through 2020.
On the court, Nadal wears a $850,000 watch made by Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille. And after winning Wimbledon in 2008, he bought himself an Aston Martin.
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Nadal currently ranks No. 4 in the tennis world, though, he was ranked No. 1 in 2008. His overall record is 796 wins to 168 losses, and he’s held 69 titles. With his incredible popularity, Nadal even appeared in Shakira’s music video for her song “Gypsy.”
When he’s not on the court, Nadal works on his charity. He founded the Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2008. So far, he’s opened two tennis academies — one in India and one in Mallorca, Spain.
Rafael Nadal: Olympics Schedule
Competition will be fierce in Rio where Nadal will compete with rivals Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Nadal is slated to play singles, doubles and mixed in Rio, but there are still concerns about his injury history. Men’s singles matches begin on Aug. 6 and the Men’s finals match will take place on Aug. 14.
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Whether or not Nadal will win another gold medal for Spain is yet to be seen. But this double-backhand has got to be worth an even higher net worth.
Jamie Young contributed to the reporting for this article.