Nadal Targets Prague

Nadal Targets Prague

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Rafa Nadal is an ace on pretty much every surface he plays on whether that be clay, grass or the hard courts but what is he like on the felt? We'll find out soon enough as the Spaniard will be turning his attention to his second great love, poker, later this year in a special tournament at the Prague Poker Festival.

“It’s no secret that I love the competition and that’s what I like about poker,” said the world number one. “It’s a game of skill that requires mental strength and the ability to out-think your opponents and in that way there are similarities to tennis. I have been playing poker online for almost 18 months and now I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing my first live tournament.”

Nadal, who is sponsored by PokerStars, has been working with coach Alfonso Cardalda to improve his online game and will be hoping to take those lessons into the live arena.

“Rafa takes learning the game of poker very seriously, and understands the importance of practice to ensure he stays at the top of his game,” said Cardalda. “The Prague charity tournament is a big milestone for Rafa as a poker player and I’m hoping that his success on the tennis court this year will translate into success at the poker table in December.”

See how he's getting on below:

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Tags: Rafa Nadal, Prague Poker Festival