Rafael Nadal has been recognized as of tennis' most gifted players since he won his first ATP match back in 2002 at age 15. Over the years, he has continued to improve his game, and by 2006, it was clear that he was coming in to his own. He inspires a fervent loyalty in his fans which is usually only reserved for religious figures. Everyone from dignitaries to movie stars seems to want to grab a moment with him. He is often referred to as "The King of Clay" for his astonishing number of wins on clay courts. He is the only tennis player in history to have won eight editions in a row of the same tournament, and though he has been ranked #1 multiple times, he holds the record for the longest time at #2, with 235 weeks. He has won the Australian Open once, the US Open once, Wimbledon twice, and the French Open six times. He also won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics. Oh yeah, he's also only twenty-five. Like most tennis players, he travels quite a bit, so having a home never seemed to be high on his list of priorities. However, in 2009 he changed his mind, and was presented with the keys to his new home in the Dominican Republic by the Minister of Tourism, during a press conference.
Rafael Nadal's house is a large villa in the Playa Nueva Romana development in the Dominican Republic. The development features a wide range of luxury amenities, including a golf course (his other sport of choice), seaside access, a beach club, a country club, polo, tennis courts, a number of high-end boutiques, a fitness center, and a private marina, among other perks. Rafael Nadal's house is two stories, and houses three bedrooms. It also has a custom swimming pool, a large terrace, and is surrounded by a massive lawn and multiple trees. Part of a larger development, Rafael Nadal's house has been publicized repeatedly as the Playa Nueva Romana management attempts to fill their other units. Perhaps Mr. Nadal is getting a little "kick back", which means that he is as savvy off-court, as he is successful on it. While the actual price has not been announced, the villa pricing system indicates that they charge $1300.00 US per square meter, which would put the price tag for his villa at approximately $2 million dollars.