Regaining the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown from Novak Djokovic wonŠ—Èt be the only thing on Rafa NadalŠ—Ès mind when he arrives on the Cote dŠ—ÈAzur

King of Clay takes on Queen of Poker in Monte Carlo



Originally published on 04/04/14

The King of Clay has revealed that he will take on the Queen of Poker, Vanessa Selbst, in a one-on-one poker game at the Casino de Monte Carlo on April 11.

Nadal proved he’s not just a champion on the tennis court,  winning his first poker tournament in January 2013, while absent from the tour with injury. He picked up just €152.40 for his victory on, but in December he beat Brazilian football Ronaldo and world No.1 poker player Daniel Negreanu to win a €100,000 charity event in Prague.

“It’s no secret that I love the competition and that’s what I like about poker,” Nadal said. “It’s a game of skill that requires mental strength and the ability to out-think your opponents, and in that way there are similarities to tennis. I have been playing poker online for almost two years and now I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against Vanessa.”

Selbst, who has a law degree from Yale university, is the highest-earning female poker player of all time over $9.6 million in poker winnings.

The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is the first of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments during the European clay-court swing. Djokovic ended Nadal’s eight-year reign at the Monte Carlo Country Club last year with a 6-2 7-6(1) victory over the Spaniard in the final.


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