Nadal has experienced a wide range of triumphs and tribulations in 2013. After being forced to withdraw from the year's first grand slam - the Australian Open due to a stomach virus, he came back with a vengeance in May to win his eighth French Open title. Then in June, he along with many other top players, suffered a stunning loss in the initial round at Wimbledon, only to bounce back strong in the last major tournament of the year, the US Open.
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On Sunday, June 9th, 2013, Rafael 'Rafa' Nadal made history by becoming the first tennis player to win the French Open and for that matter any Grand Slam title, eight times. This is not the first time this amazing player has made history. In 2010, he became the seventh person in the history of tennis, to win all four Grand Slam tournaments - The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Most toddlers cannot lift a paddle, let alone be coordinated enough to return balls. But take a look at this youngster. Though he can barely sit up, he seems to have no problems returning almost every ping-pong ball that is thrown at him.
Novak Djokovic is not only the highest-ranked tennis player in the world, but also, one of the few with a great sense of humor. One of his most favorite things to do impersonate other players - His favorite? The stylishly elegant former women's champ, Maria Sharapova.
On June 26th, French artist/entertainer Jean-Pierre Blanchard, stunned the guests that had gathered for the annual Swiss Venture Award ceremony in Zurich, by painting a portrait of tennis superstar Roger Federer in four short minutes. What's even more amazing, is that he did it entirely from memory.
21-year old Agnieska Radwanska was having a good first round match at the 2011 Australian Open against Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm, when something bizarre happened. Just two points shy of victory, the Polish player returned a shot, but along with the ball, also went the top half of the racquet!
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have competed on grass, clay and cement courts - But a water court? That has to be a first! However the tennis champions proved that if necassary, they could walk er play on water too!
This past week, Rafael 'Rafa' Nadal not only won his first U.S. Open, but also, entered the ranks of all time greats, by becoming only the seventh person in the history of tennis, to win all four Grand Slam tournaments - The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open.