Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal has accomplished a considerable amount in a career that has seen him win 64 career titles even though he is still only 28-years-old. Among these career titles are 14 Grand Slam titles of which 9 are from winning the French Open and a gold medal that he won at the 2008 Olympics.
He’s also recently challenged ex-Brazil international football star Ronaldo to a game of poker to raise money for charity. The game took place in Prague, Czech Republic this month where the pair went heads-up to raise awareness for a number of charities.
Just last year there were rumors circulating that Nadal would appear at the biggest tournament in professional poker in Las Vegas. Although the rumors ended up being, well, just rumors, Nadal does have his sights on mixing it with the world’s best very soon. What may well accelerate this transition into poker’s professional ranks is if he incurs more injuries and becomes frustrated with tennis, feeling that his body can no longer withstand the rigors of professional tennis.
Although poker is the polar opposite to the physically demanding sport of tennis, many ex-professional athletes have made forays into poker upon retirement. Yes, poker is a sedentary pastime but it is still competitive and this appeals to many ex-athletes. Learning their trade online in casino rooms has helped many foster an understanding of the inner workings of the sport. When casino gaming online was born through the groundbreaking InterCasino in 1996 many used this to fast-track their route to the elite circles of many casino-based games.
Today, with much practice behind the scenes and attendances at regular charity events, Nadal seems to be plotting the next moves in his career. This time however, it looks to be away from the tennis court. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the next 12 months pan out for one of the sport’s greatest ever players.