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It's Czech Mate for Rafa!

By: royalraise85 @ 11:46 (EST) / 475 / Comment ( 2 )

He's conquered the World in tennis and now Rafa wants to do the same with poker! Well, not quite but he openly admits that his passion for the game is growing all the time.

The city of Prague in the Czech Republic will be the next stop on Rafa's poker journey as he takes in a charity tournament that will be part of the European Poker Tour (EPT) stop in the beautiful city in December.

"It's no secret that I love the competition and that's what I like about poker," said Rafa Nadal. It's a game of skill that requires mental strength and the ability to out-think your opponents and in that way there are similarities to tennis. I have been playing poker online for almost 18 months and now I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing my first live tournament."

That's right; this will be the first official live tournament that the Spanish ace will play since taking up the game a year and a half ago.

Some Interesting Facts about Rafa!

- Rafa was born in Majorca, Spain on June 3rd 1986

- He was only 3 years of age when his Uncle Toni first started coaching him in the game of tennis

- By the age of 12 Nadal was winning National and European titles for his age group

- At 19 years of age he won the French Open at the first time of asking and jumped to No.3 in the World rankings

- Rafa has been consistently ranked in the World's top 5 players since 2003, that's ten years at the top of the game!

- Nadal is taking the poker game seriously and has enlisted the help of a professional poker coach so watch your back Daniel Negreanu or it could be game, set and poker match for you.

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