Rafa

Author: Miguel Tadeu Vicentim

Publisher: Clube de Autores (managed)

ISBN: 8591584201

Category:

Page: 92

View: 9875


What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport? Rafael Nadal has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. It begins in Mallorca, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four and taught humility and respect by his parents, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining a gracious, hardworking role model for people in all walks of life. Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final-described by John McEnroe as "the greatest game of tennis" he had ever seen-to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career. With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family. From RAFA: "During a match, you are in a permanent battle to fight back your everyday vulnerabilities, bottle up your human feelings. The more bottled up they are, the greater your chances of winning, so long as you've trained as hard as you play and the gap in talent is not too wide between you and your rival. The gap in talent with Federer existed, but it was not impossibly wide. It was narrow enough, even on his favorite surface in the tournament he played best, for me to know that if I silenced the doubts and fears, and exaggerated hopes, inside my head better than he did, I could beat him. You have to cage yourself in protective armor, turn yourself into a bloodless warrior. It's a kind of self-hypnosis, a game you play, with deadly seriousness, to disguise your own weaknesses from yourself, as well as from your rival."

Rafa: My Story

Author: Rafael Nadal,John Carlin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748129456

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7823


The Sunday Times bestselling autobiography from the greatest tennis player of his generation 'A winner' Independent 'A terrific sporting memoir, full of memorable anecdotes' New Statesman 'As exciting as Rafa himself' Woman's Own 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. With a remarkable 16 grand slam victories under his belt, and with friend and rival Roger Federer's record haul of 20 in his sights, 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.

Rafa Nadal

Author: Dominic Bliss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0711276137

Category:

Page: 240

View: 3015


This book is the complete guide to one of the greatest tennis players of the 21st century, winner of 20 grand slam men's singles titles, the King of the Clay, Spain's raging bull, Rafael Nadal. This fully illustrated biography charts his journey to the top, from his early days being coached by his uncle Toni in Mallorca and dreaming of being a professional footballer, through his early tournament career, turning professional, his first senior ATP win, first grand slam win at Roland Garros, first Wimbledon win and first Olympic gold medal. Written by Dominic Bliss, a veteran tennis journalist with a close personal knowledge of Rafa as a competitor and as a man, this biography tracks Rafa's journey from painfully shy pin-up boy to senior statesman on the ATP Tour. Structured around 10 key matches in his long career, it takes readers from his first national junior championship win at age 14 (when he played with the pain of a broken finger on his racquet hand) through to his 20th Grand Slam title in 2020 and the 2021 season, where he just fell short of his 21st title in an epic 5-set match with Novak Djokovic. The text is accompanied by a large gallery of images of Rafa both on and off the court, and investigates what has motivated him to success, and who he is underneath his modest persona. Alongside this insight, Rafa - the King of Clay contains graphics which analyse his playing style, breaking down why he is such a succesful athlete and examining his powerful combination of strength and skill. From his need for water bottles to be arranged 'a certain way' on the court, to his charity work raising $17 million to help the Red Cross' efforts to support those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, this book examines every angle of Rafa as a human being, a model athlete, a serial winner. This definitive work on one of tennis' all time greats is not to be missed!

Rafa

Author: Rafael Nadal,John Carlin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1401303927

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 4757


In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, tennis star Rafael Nadal reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport? Rafael Nadal has the answers. It begins in Mallorca, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four and taught humility and respect by his parents, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining a gracious, hardworking role model for people in all walks of life. Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final -- described by John McEnroe as "the greatest game of tennis" he had ever seen -- to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career. With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family. From RAFA:"During a match, you are in a permanent battle to fight back your everyday vulnerabilities, bottle up your human feelings. The more bottled up they are, the greater your chances of winning, so long as you've trained as hard as you play and the gap in talent is not too wide between you and your rival. The gap in talent with Federer existed, but it was not impossibly wide. It was narrow enough, even on his favorite surface in the tournament he played best, for me to know that if I silenced the doubts and fears, and exaggerated hopes, inside my head better than he did, I could beat him. You have to cage yourself in protective armor, turn yourself into a bloodless warrior. It's a kind of self-hypnosis, a game you play, with deadly seriousness, to disguise your own weaknesses from yourself, as well as from your rival."

Rafael Nadal

Author: Bill Redban

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508866244

Category:

Page: 56

View: 1265


Discover The Inspirational Story of Tennis Superstar Rafael Nadal!Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device!You're about to discover the incredibly inspirational story of tennis superstar Rafael Nadal. If you're reading this then you must be a fan of Rafael, like so many others. As a fan, you must wonder how this man is so talented and want to know more about him. Rafael is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players ever and it's been an honor to be able to watch him compete throughout his career. This book will reveal to you much about Rafael's story and the many accomplishments throughout his career.Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... Youth and Family Life Amateur Career Professional Career and Notable Moments Legacy, Charitable Acts and much more! If you want to learn more about Rafael Nadal, then this book is for you. It will reveal to you many things that you did not know about this incredible tennis star!About the Author:Inspirational Stories is a series aimed at highlighting the great athletes of our society. Our mission is to present the stories of athletes who are not only impactful in their sport, but also great people outside of it. The athletes we write about have gone above and beyond to become impactful in their community and great role models for the youth, all while showing excellence in their profession. We publish concise, easily consumable books that portray the turning points in the lives of these great athletes, while also giving the context in which they occurred. Our books are especially great for children who look up to sports figures. Hopefully these athletes can serve as a source of inspiration and their stories can provide life lessons that are practical for fans of any demographic.

The Fifth Mrs Brink

Author: Karina Szczurek

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 1868428044

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 2331


The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek's memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together. Here she chronicles their relationship, from their first encounter in Vienna, Austria, and moving across continents to be with each other, to finding calm and stability in their married life in Cape Town, and finally facing the challenges of André's deteriorating health in the last year of his life. This soul-baring account is also the story of two interwoven writing lives, Karina's burgeoning and André's in its final phase. It is a diary of creative dissolution and knitting back together, a homage to a marriage reality tragically cut short but also to a love to last a lifetime.

Playing Tennis Like a Pro

Author: William Ralston

Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd

ISBN: 0719820308

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 655


A great technique is not enough. To succeed in tennis, each day you must overcome challenges that affect where and how you play. Playing Tennis like a Pro addresses these challenges with its clear focus on empowering you to make the decisions that are right for you and your game. Drawing upon his personal experience on the tennis circuit, William Ralston analyses the key stages on the journey to becoming a more successful tennis player, combining his own knowledge with that of some of the sport’s leading players, coaches and experts. While guiding you through the trickier aspects of the sport, Playing Tennis like a Pro helps you to find answers to those all-important doubts that can so often hold you back from realizing your potential. With colour photos and explanatory illustrations, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the techniques, equipment, strategy and tactics used in the modern game. If you are a keen player at intermediate level or beyond and looking to raise your game with invaluable insights into the methods of the pros, this is the book for you.

The Performance Mindset

Author: Anthony J. Klarica

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0730394816

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

View: 4912


Learn the lessons of elite athletes to reach your full potential From acclaimed psychologist Anthony Klarica, The Performance Mindset: 7 steps to success in sport and life reveals the lessons of high-performing athletes and shows how you can build strategies to apply for greater success in sport, business or in your personal life. High performers are made, not born. High performance occurs through putting a careful and deliberate focus on growing mindset, and science proves that high-performers intentionally build these mindset skills and habits to maximise their opportunities. Talent and hard work are simply not enough. Through candid, in-depth interviews and stories from a wide variety of Australian athletes, you’ll learn how to: harness and maintain your motivation become resilient stay focussed and present lead yourself and others protect your mental health and wellbeing. Natural talent doesn’t necessarily equal high performance. With The Performance Mindset: 7 steps to success in sport and life, you’ll discover how to unleash your inner-champion and realise your full and unbridled potential, whether in sport, in business, or in life.

Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer

Author: Mark Hodgkinson

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 1781318387

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3853


FEDERER is almost universally recognised as the greatest tennis player of all time; he might also be the greatest athlete. Adored around the world, Federer has become one of sport's most iconic and popular figures. In this innovative graphic biography, Federer's genius is explored and celebrated like never before, with beautiful infographics looking at his serving patterns, the speed of his shots, the spin he generates, his movement, as well as his performance in high-pressure situations such as tiebreaks and Grand Slam finals. Federer's astonishing records - no man has won more majors, or spent more weeks as the world number one - are also showcased against his rivals and the legends of the game. Drawing on his conversations with Federer, as well as exclusive interviews with those close to the Swiss, Mark Hodgkinson tells the story of how a young hothead from Basel transformed himself into a calm and poised athlete who came to dominate tennis. And who, while deep in his thirties, has continued to seek improvements, to challenge men many years younger than him and to contend for the sport's biggest prizes. The infographics, stunning photography and insight and analysis - from Federer's rivals, idols, coaches and members of his inner circle - will give you a new appreciation of his greatness and how his tennis has moved so many people.