Nadal wins charity poker tournament in Prague

Johannesburg, Dec 14: Rafael Nadal showed he was not tired of dethroning world number one players when he saw off Daniel Negreanu to win a charity poker tournament in Prague on Thursday, according to reports.

According to Sport24, the 100,000-euro tournament was the first-ever live poker event for the 27-year-old Spaniard, who had stripped Serbia’s Novak Djokovic of the world’s top spot in tennis this year.

Nadal has been a fervent poker player since a knee injury sidelined him from his day job last year, but had so far only played in online poker tournaments, the report said.

Besides Negreanu, the world number one poker player, Nadal beat Italian downhill star Alberto Tomba, past football legends Ronaldo and Andriy Shevchenko, and finally Dutch field hockey champion Fatima Moreira de Melo in the heads-up, the report added.

Nadal said that his life is still about tennis but he has a lot of fun playing poker, adding that he is learning but at the same time he tries to be competitive.

The Spaniard made a blistering return to tennis since his career-threatening knee injury, winning 10 titles – including the French and US Opens – and closing out the 2013 season at the top spot of ATP rankings, the report further said. (ANI)