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Rafa Nadal Prepares for the Roland Garros With PokerStars

By , Rakeback.com Executive Editor

The day before the Roland Garros tournament started in Paris, PokerStars Ambassador and tennis Grand Slam legend, Rafa Nadal took time to play a Zoom tournament with 200 French PokerStars players.

The live online tournament was played on a tennis court with everyone present using their computers to play a Zoom tournament. Rafa managed to finish half way up the field, a fair finishing position in poker, but in tennis he expects much better results.

He was enthusiastic about the tournament and the idea of using poker as part of his mental preparation: “It's no secret that I love the competition, and that's what I like about the game of poker. It's a game of skill that requires mental strength and the ability to out think your opponents and in that way it is very similar to tennis.”

His poker coach Alfonso Cardalda also believes in the value of poker skills in other areas of life: "Rafa's competitive nature means that he needs new challenges and wants to learn new skills, all the time. Taking on his fans in a friendly poker tournament such as this allows him to put into practice the key lessons I have been giving him based on mathematics, discipline, and psychology."

PokerStars’ Zoom tournaments demand quick thinking and a good memory, as the players at your table switch for every hand. The action is fast and ideally suited to playing on mobile devices.

Zoom tournaments also take a lot less time than traditional tournaments, so even if you go deep, or if the poker gods are with you, make the final table, you won’t have to miss a night’s sleep as the result of your good fortune.

Rafa Nadal has won eleven Grand Slam titles, and has won the French Open seven times. If the “King of Clay” can conquer in Paris once more, his eighth title will cement his reputation as the greatest clay court player of all time.


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