Joan Nadal Vives, Rafael Nadal's cousin, is the son of Toni Nadal and a tennis player of 16 years-old. In his first match in professional tennis, he was defeated 6-1, 6-3 by Turkey's Kuzey Cekirge, who is ranked no.
1312, in the first round of a tournament ITF held in Manacor. Curiously, also Rafael Nadal started his professional career with a defeat against Spanish Guillermo Platel in straight sets. Joan Nadal's registration to the Manacor event took place thanks to a wild-card.
In his career as a junior, Joan had had good results, but it must be remembered that Rafael Nadal, at 16, was very close to the top-200 in the ATP Ranking, while 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, his countryman, is very close to entering the Top-100.
Joan, in common with his cousin Rafa, has a peculiarity; he is left-handed. Joan Nadal has an older brother who is 17 years old, named Toni, like his father, who also plays tennis. 20 years after his cousin Rafa did it in an F10 held in Madrid, Joan surely will never forget the day of his debut as a professional tennis player.
Chris Evert on Rafael Nadal
A great tennis player of the past and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles is back in these days on this much discussed topic and we are talking about the legend of female tennis Chris Evert. She has spoken openly about sexism in the tennis world, arguing that tennis players' greatest feats of all time are not as praised as the feats of men's tennis champions.
The former American tennis star Chris Evert has dealt with this very delicate issue and she has released the following statements to the microphones of Tennismajors.com returning to the controversy. Evert said that the record of 9 titles won at Wimbledon by her former rival Martina Navratilova was not celebrated as the 13 Roland Garros won by the 20-times Slam winner Rafael Nadal.
Here are her specific statements: "I think I am more sensitive to the fact that Martina has won 9 Wimbledons but nobody really talks about it. Rafael Nadal has won 13 Roland Garros and all to underline the greatness of this record.
I mean, Martina's Wimbledon record is incredible and I think it needs to be celebrated from time to time, so why don't they? And what about Steffi Graf's 1988 Golden Slam? I mean, Olympics and Four Slams. If a man had done this he would have been mentioned for a very long time but no one ever mentions Steffi."
In the history of tennis and especially in the last decade, the differences between the world of men's tennis and the world of women's tennis have been discussed. Often there has been criticism because there has been talk of a sort of a preference for men over women, something that has created controversy several times.
Several tennis players, throughout history, have asked for changes to the system, starting from prize pools up to the importance given to the male circuit and considered higher than that granted to women. Talking of the next season, the greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.