Tennis: Rafael Nadal was a ball player before he could walk, granny says
MADRID (REUTERS) - Rafael Nadal started playing with balls before he could walk and in his formative years liked soccer just as much as tennis, his grandmother Isabel Homar told Spanish radio on Wednesday.
Speaking to Cadena Ser from the island of Mallorca where Nadal is from, Homar said the world No. 2, who beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic to win his second US Open title on Monday, "always liked anything that was round".
"He started playing with balls in the hallway of his home before he learned to walk," Homar said, adding things often got broken by accident.
"He loved playing football and he was always excited when Saturday came around," added the 82-year-old. "He liked football just as much as tennis."