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Nadal Nearly Turned To Golf

World number two nearly gave up the courts for the course

Posted Aug 24, 2011 by Chris White

Rafael Nadal is currently the world number two

One of the best tennis players of the past decade, if not longer, has admitted that he very nearly turned to professional golf following an injury in 2005 that left him “devastated” and “without an appetite for life.”

10-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal wrote in his new autobiography, released in the United States this week, that when doctors discovered a rare foot injury sustained in 2005 that could have ended his career, he began to think about a future away from the courts of Flushing Meadows, and on the greens of Augusta.

But would Nadal have been half of the global sporting superstar he is known as today if he had turned to golf? While many sportsmen and women have partaken in the odd other sport or two, very few have actually been good enough to turn professional, particularly at the various stages of the career that they have tried to switch – remember Michael Jordan turning to baseball.

If a player is going to turn professional in a sport, it needs to be one that they have seriously worked at from a young age. Yes, Rafa might have played a bit of golf and been good at it, but if he had given up tennis back in 2005, I seriously doubt that he would have made it as a truly top-class golfer.

He is good friends with Sergio Garcia who will have taught him a thing or two no doubt, but as for a career as a golfer, I think it’s probably better for him that he’s stayed on the tennis court – he probably does too looking at the trophy cabinet and bank balance!

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