Rafael Nadal became the only male tennis player to ever win the same Grand Slam tournament nine times when he captured the French Open in May. However, the Spaniard suffered a fourth-round defeat at Wimbledon Tuesday to Aussie Nick Kyrgios in four sets.
However, in between Grand Slam tournaments, Nadal achieved a separate feat. He bounced a ball on the side of his racquet 406 times.
In a video released over the weekend by the tennis manufacturer Babolat, Nadal achieves the task in a grassy backyard and is deemed "#Wimbjuggledon Champion." The 14-time grand slam champ strapped a GoPro to himself to help capture the moment:
Although he came into Wimbledon as the world No. 1, Nadal was seeded second in the tournament. Along with his 14 Grand Slam titles, Nadal has 64 total titles and a total earnings of more than $70,000,000.
Would it be too cynical to suggest that bouncing a ball on the side of his racquet 406 times for a promotional video took too much out of Nadal, leading to his early exit at Wimbledon?