Where does the best Tennis player in the world go after winning the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in one year? Thailand. This weekend, # 1 ranked Tennis player Rafael Nadal visited Buddhist monks at a beach in Thailand’s Prachuab province outside of Bangkok. No word on whether or not the Tennis superstar is a practicing Buddhist, but Nadal did cause some controversy in July when he expressed doubt over the existence of God in an interview with Sports Illustrated:
Do you believe in God? We see football players crossing themselves. You don’t do that. Do you do praying? It’s hard to say, “I don’t believe in God.” I would love to know if God exists. But it’s a very difficult thing for me to believe. I don’t know. It’s private and I don’t want to speak about it, but I say, “If God exists, you don’t need [to cross yourself] or pray.” If God exists, he’s intelligent enough to [do] the important things, the right things.
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