Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia
Deservedly known as the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal the left handed Spanish Tennis champion has won ten Grand slams and an Olympic Gold Medal among a host of other prestigious tournaments.
Although Nadal made his name playing on clay courts he demonstrated flexibility in winning Wimbledon in both 2008 and 2010 on grass.
Rafael was born in Mallorca Spain in 1986 he had always had a keen interest in both football and tennis, he choose tennis and turned professional at the age of 15 by the age of 19 after success at Wimbledon and competing in the junior Davis Cup he won the French Open for the first of four times. Rafael is coached by his uncle Toni Nadal and fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.
Rafael Nadal Tennis Memorabilia is a welcome addition to any tennis enthusiasts’ collection.
I have an extensive portfolio of tennis collectables including a special edition presentation which displays a stunning colour photograph of the great Rafael Nadal in action at the French Open in 2008. In the same year Nadal had an enviable 32 match winning run.
Tennis memorabilia has been on display since 1977 at the Wimbledon Museum, in the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. The museum contains a display of memorabilia dating back to 1555 and includes a range of trophies, medals cups, plates, and prizes dating back three hundred years, ephemera is of particular interest to me and a section is included showing early Wimbledon tennis advertisements, match tickets and programmes, invitations for tea and tennis, dinner menus, early Wimbledon motor car parking passes and numerous other items all adding to the official history of the game. There are sections showing match worn attire from early times to modern days which is of great interest to collectors, even Rafael Nadel pirate trousers are on display. There is also an interactive exhibit where you can feel the weight difference between male and female clothing in 1884.
Guided tours are available around the Wimbledon grounds taking in the centre number one court, press interview rooms and players dining facilities. You are able to gain access to many areas normally restricted to members of the public. Visitors can examine all aspects of this ever popular game with interactive touch screens and audio guides available in a range of languages
The Wimbledon shop is available for purchase of everything from Christmas cards to towelling, clothing, sports bags, rackets souvenirs and many other tennis related accessories, or you can visit the shop online.
A place where dealers would often buy tennis memorabilia is the Auction house possibly Knights sporting auctions, Christies or Mullocks but you need to aware that commission charges exist of between 17-21%.
I have noticed an increase in the number of “signed” tennis balls on sale over the internet and I would advise any prospective purchasers to be aware of the huge number of forgeries in circulation. The important thing when buying tennis or any other memorabilia is to ascertain provenance and not to make a purchase unless you are sure of the items authenticity. I recently wrote an article named Autographs real of fake this gives a good insight into purchasing genuine memorabilia.