Rafael Nadal Parera -- known to tennis lovers around the world simply as Rafa Nadal -- is one of the best and most exciting players of his generation, which is why many fans are disappointed with the news that he will miss the upcoming US Open due to a wrist injury.
While Nadal's skill and athleticism have won him tons of trophies, his charisma and charm have won him a fierce global fan following. It has also resulted in him becoming an advertising icon and sex symbol.
With his chiseled tennis player body, there's no surprise that Nadal has made many a fashion magazine cover and has starred in several ads. He has also been immortalized and celebrated through numerous products and gimmicks.
Rafael Nadal Parera is many things -- but he can legitimately claim to be a tennis God, having pretty much walked on water while playing an exhibition game in a swimming pool against Serena Williams.
From Tennis Star Statues to Stripping Tennis Star Ads
Tennis Star Statues
Nike Celebrates Rafael Nadal’s Tennis Glory with a Clay Statue Creation
Grand Slam Tennis Apparel
The Latest Nike Tennis Collection Will Be on Show at the French Open
Stripping Tennis Star Ads
Rafael Nadal for Armani Video is Complete with Body-Baring Scenes
Average Joe Olympics
Youth Compete Against Olympic Athletes in Best of Us Challenge
Tennis on Water
Williams & Nadal for Sony Open
Athletes as Bloggers
Rafael Nadal Gives Daily Updates at Australian Open
Glam Rock Portraits
Rafael Nadal Splurges on "Marilyn Rock" Painting
Rafael Nadal Discusses His Defeat of Roger Federer at the Australian Open
Traffic-Stopping Tennis Apparel
Federer, Nadal & Williams Preview US Open Wardrobes
Vibrant Mens Sportswear
2010 Australian Open Fashion That Burst With Color
Tennis Pro Pinups
Rafael Nadal Photo Shoot