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The world’s top ranked player is chasing tennis history—and trying his hand at high-stakes poker. Will his body--and his luck--hold out?
“Excuse me,” Rafael Nadal says to the driver of a Mercedes courtesy car in Monte Carlo, where he’s in town to play the annual clay-court tennis tournament in mid-April. “We are going to the casino?” Yes, the driver assures him. Nadal has just finished a two-hour practice session and changed from his aqua advantage rafa gear into a white-shirt-and-blue-blazer getup, tousled his hair twice in a mirror and marched toward the car for the short ride along the Mediterranean to the Casino de Monte Carlo. Where he is about to get his ass kicked.
In poker, that is. The world’s top-ranked tennis player was set to face off against Vanessa Selbst, a Yale Law graduate who has made over $9.5 million…