Ronaldo to Face Rafa Nadal

Ronaldo to Face Rafa Nadal

Friday, 19 September 2014

Footballing superstar Ronaldo (the Brazilian one, not the Real Madrid winger) and multiple tennis Grand Slam winner Rafa Nadal are to meet in a special heads up contest in London on 6 November.

The London clash, known as 'The Duel', won't be the first time that the two PokerStars ambassadors have met on the felt. Nadal was victorious in the European Poker Tour Prague Charity Challenge sit and go which also featured Daniel Negreanu.

“It was my first live poker tournament when I last played against Ronaldo and one year later I’m more confident with my skill level,” said Nadal. “I really enjoy playing poker and the challenge of learning as quickly as possible, so I can’t wait to get back into training on my game and to play against Ronaldo.”

The former Brazil striker added, “I challenged Rafa to a rematch after finding out he was preparing for another live poker game. The last time we played together Rafa won the match and it was a lot of fun. This time it will be different, though, because I have been improving on my own poker strategy and will be more prepared.”

With the tennis circuit winding down until the Australian Open in January, Nadal will be spending more time sharpening up his poker game. As part of that preparation, he'll be taking on all-comers at the PokerStars play money six-max Zoom tables at 6pm UK time on 22 September. The session will be broadcast live on YouTube and with viewers able to ask questions using the #AskRafa hashtag.

Tags: Rafa Nadal, Ronaldo, PokerStars