Rafael Nadal’s grandfather dies

The grandfather of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has died, aged 85.

The elder Rafael Nadal was born on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where he was a prominent local musician who directed the choir of Palma’s Teatre Principal for seven years.

He became the patriarch of a renowned sporting family as his five children included football player Miguel Nadal, who played for Spain at three World Cups, and Toni Nadal, who has coached the younger Rafael throughout his tennis career.

Nadal has already been eliminated from the ongoing US Open.

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