Rafael Nadal Trading Tennis For Online Poker?

has pulled out of all recent major tennis tournaments claiming to be ‘injured’… but thanks to Russia Today we now know what’s been keeping the former #1 out of the tennis court: Online poker.

According to sources, Nadal is playing online poker. And by playing online poker I mean he’s entering tournaments for €10:

“Nadal entered a €10 freeze-out tournament on PokerStars.es. and defeated his 47 opponents to walk away with the €152.40 – not the biggest jackpot compared to his $50 million tennis career winnings, but no doubt the win gladdened the 26 year old.

Having joined PokerStars in June 2012 Rafa is still a relative novice at poker. There is a great deal of space between winning a €10 buy-in tournament and being recognized as one of the greats of the game.

But he is progressing fast, receiving training in the nuances of the game from top professionals, and one day he could reach the top, where, as his tennis career proves, he feels most comfortable.”


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