Nadal serves up ace in live poker debut

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Nadal serves up ace in live poker debut

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World number one Rafael Nadal swapped the red clay of a tennis court for the blue felt of a poker table this week as the Spaniard took part in a live charity game in Prague.

The self-professed “poker rookie” played alongside former Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko, Italian skier Alberto Tomba, Dutch field hockey player Fatima Moreira de Melo, Braziliam football legend Ronaldo and world number one poker player Daniel Negreanu of Canada.

Just like the majority of the clay court tournaments he takes part in, Nadal emerged victorious beating Ronaldo and Negreanu in the final hand of a game that lasted over four hours.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner will be donating the 100,000 euro prize money to The Good Hand project which, supported by the poker community, helps get young people back to work.