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  • Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, won the 2018 French Open, earning R34 million.
  • With more than R1.3 billion in career winnings, Nadal is one of the highest-paid tennis players of all time.
  • From buying a yacht to playing the French Open wearing a six figure Richard Mille watch, Nadal likes to spend his money a little lavishly — but he also puts his money toward philanthropy, tennis centres, and investments.

Rafael Nadal, informally known as the King of Clay, took command of the 2018 French Open. Not only did the win become his 11th French Open title and 17th Grand Slam title, it earned him $2.6m (R34 million). But that's only a fraction of his career earnings.

With more than 75 titles under his belt, Nadal's career winnings top $100 million (more than R1.3 billion). And that's not to mention what he earns from his multiple endorsements, from Nike to Kia. It's easy to see how he's become one of the highest-paid tennis players of all time.

Nadal has a history of spending his hard-earned money a little lavishly, from buying a six-figure watch to purchasing a second home in the Dominican Republic. And then there's his luxury yacht, Beethoven.

But he's also put his money toward philanthropic efforts, tennis centres and property investments. 

From his vacations to his cars, see how Nadal spends his millions.

Rafael Nadal is one of the top five highest-paid tennis players of all time. Throughout his career, Nadal has won $100,564,598 in prize money for singles and doubles combined.

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He earned $2.4 million for winning the 2017 French Open title and $3.7 million from the 2017 US Open.

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Nadal just won his 11th French Open title, earning his 17th Grand Slam title and about $2.6 million in prize money. That brings his 2018 career winnings up to nearly $6 million.

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But Nadal doesn't just earn his money by bringing his A-game to the court — he also earned $26 million in endorsements in 2017. He's endorsed by Babolat, Nike, and Tommy Hilfiger, with whom he has a $3 million to $4 million deal.

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Nadal is also a global ambassador for Kia. They gifted him a Kia Stinger GT, starting at $31,900, which he can use at his leisure.

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Nadal is known to spend his money lavishly. He played the French Open wearing a limited edition Richard Mille watch valued at $725,000 (R9.4 million).

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He also owns a $4,499 Gocycle electric bike.


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When he doesn't feel like getting around on two wheels, Nadal has plenty of sets of four wheels to choose from. He reportedly owns an Aston Martin DBS and a Mercedes-Benz SL55, both of which cost up to six figures.

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But Nadal doesn't just travel by land — he also travels by sea, specifically in his 23 metre yacht, Beethoven. The current asking price for the same model of his yacht, an MCY 76, is $2.8 million.

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Like his means of transportation, Nadal also has multiple homes. He has a home in Mallorca, Spain, where he's from, worth at least $1.5 million.  

He also has a residence in another well-known island, the Dominican Republic, where he purchased a luxury villa for $2 million.

When he's not home or busy winning titles, Nadal has been spotted vacationing everywhere from Mauritius to Mexico, where five-star accommodations can range from $800 to $1,500 for a weekend.  He was also spotted on his yacht with his girlfriend in Ibiza.

But Nadal doesn't just spend his money on himself. In 2008, he started the Fundación Rafa Nadal. Run by his mother, it helps disadvantaged kids.

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Nadal teamed up with Telefónica Open Future to call on technology startups for sport and wellness products or solutions that improved the performance of the Rafa Nadal Academy. Selected startups were chosen for an investment of up to roughly $160,000.

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But Nadal's investments don't stop there. In 2016, he opened Spanish restaurant TATEL, located inside the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, with Enrique Iglesias and the San Antonio Spurs' Pau Gasol.

Nadal and his partners also recently bought prime Madrid real estate, a 19th-century building that reportedly cost nearly $30 million.

Most recently, Nadal is set to open a chain of tennis centres at vacation resorts around the world. The first Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre will open in November at Costa Mujeres, Mexico.

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