The most difficult thing as a kid is to choose between two things you love the most, for example choosing between chocolate or cake. No matter how hard it was for us, we have to agree that these choices were far simpler than making a career choice at the age of 12.
But a career choice, at the age of mere 12, was made by Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard had to make a decision that millions of kids around the world have made at some point, but not this early- the decision of 'which sport to focus on completely'. In his case, it was a little different than most kids', as he excelled in both soccer and tennis.
Over the years, despite earning a big name in the tennis world, Rafa still hasn't forgotten his first love- football. Time-to-time he continues to play the sport just to relive his childhood dream.
On more than one occasion, we have seen 'the king of clay' showcasing his footballing skills, be it in a NIKE advertisement with Cristiano Ronaldo or juggling with the tennis ball on the court, we have witnessed it all.
Recently, the world no.2 displayed yet another skill right before his exhibition match in the Eisenhower Cup.
He was seen lobbing the ball with his feet while maintaining perfect balance. He continued to juggle the ball and exchanged volleys with Dominic Thiem at the other end.
Just like their long rallies on the court with the tennis racquet, Rafa and Thiem maintained their standards in the juggling exchange as well.View this post on Instagram
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Apart from this, Rafa indulged himself in another bizarre moment when he chose “rock, paper, scissors” over the usual coin-toss. Here, Nadal was playing a young American lad, Taylor Fritz, in the opening round of the Eisenhower Cup.View this post on Instagram
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Though he lost in the rock, paper, scissors battle, he managed to gain the upper hand in the tournament by defeating Fritz 10-8 in the tie-break.
Earlier in the day, the main Indian Wells draw came out. Being the top two seeds in the tournament, Nadal and Novak Djokovic are specifically placed in the opposite halves of the draw.
But fortunately, Roger Federer is drawn in the same half as Nadal, which means we could see the epic clash of the biggest rivals in Miami once again.