Rafa by Rafael Nadal audiobook

Rafa

By Rafael Nadal  and John Carlin
Read by Bernardo Cubria  and Nicholas Guy Smith

Hachette Books 9781401324513

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549132490

  • ISBN: 9781549132476

Runtime: 9.80 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary


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."

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Author Bio: Rafael Nadal

Author Bio: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal was born in 1986 in Mallorca, Spain. He has won numerous Grand Slam titles and a career “Golden Slam”—all four majors plus a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

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Author Bio: John Carlin

Author Bio: John Carlin

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989–95 in South Africa as the Independent’s correspondent there. He has also writen for the (London) Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times. His previous books include Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, the basis of the Oscar-nominated film Invictus, and Knowing Mandela.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 9.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English