First Edition of Rafa; Signed by Rafael Nadal
Item Number: 3243
New York: Hyperion, 2011.
First edition of Nadal’s autobiography. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Boldly signed by Rafael Nadal on the front free endpaper. Some notes and underlining in the text in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Laura Drew. Written with John Carlin.
Rafael Nadal's story begins in Mallorca, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four and taught humility and respect by his parents, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining a gracious, hardworking role model for people in all walks of life. Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final-described by John McEnroe as "the greatest game of tennis" he had ever seen-to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career. With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family.