Nadal Didn’t Look At $1.7 Million Envelope

On Monday night, Rafael Nadal won the largest check of his professional career — $1.7 million. But he was so happy about completing his career grand slam at the age of 24, he wasn’t thinking about the money.

Rafael Nadal from Spain poses with his trophy in Times Square September 14, 2010, the morning after winning the Men's Singles Final at the US Open 2010.
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Rafael Nadal from Spain poses with his trophy in Times Square September 14, 2010, the morning after winning the Men's Singles Final at the US Open 2010.

How do I know?

I talked to him today at Niketown in New York and our back and forth made it pretty clear money wasn’t on his mind.

We started talking about the fact that instead of a big check with the amount written on it, the United States Tennis Association handed Nadal a regular envelope.

Was it possible a $1.7 million check was in it?

“I don’t know,” Nadal said. “I didn't open it.”

Nadal didn’t lose it, but wasn’t sure who on his team was actually carrying the contents of the envelope.

Luckily for Nadal, the envelope contained a letter that he had won $1.7 million and didn’t include the check itself. That, we're told, will most likely be directly wired to his bank account.

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