Tennis ace Rafael Nadal is the latest sports star to undergo a hair transplant.
Reports from Spain indicate that he has had an FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure to sort out his thinning thatch.
Our picture shows Rafa before the procedure – showing clear male pattern baldness at the front of his scalp.
Rafa follows in the footsteps of other sports stars such as Wayne Rooney who had the same procedure as well as Crown Clinic clients Martin Roberts from I’m A Celebrity, model Calum Best, soccer pundit Didi Hamann and Chris Steed from Gogglebox. Other Crown Clinic patients, such as the TV doctor Christian Jessen, have used the more traditional FUT (follicular unit transplantation) method, also known as strip harvesting.
Former world number 1 Rafa, 30, had the procedure at a clinic in Madrid.
He had 4,500 follicles transplanted from the back of his scalp to the top and front of his hairline to sort out his thinning thatch.
Rafa’s problems with male pattern baldness have been evident for years and he has use a quiet time in the tennis calendar to get his hair sorted.
The next big date in the tennis calendar is the Australian Open in January.
It takes at least six months for the full effects of a hair transplant to show through, so we probably won’t see Rafa’s new head of hair till Wimbledon next year.
The simple reason is because they have global brands worth millions.
Sponsors want to work with stars who look young and fresh and don’t have big bald patches across their scalp.
It is no secret that Rafa’s powers on the tennis court are fading as he gets older.
He has dropped back down to number 8 in the rankings in a sport he dominated for the best part of a decade.
It is nice to know that while Rafa’s tennis prowess maybe fading slightly, he is taking measures to ensure that he will look fantastic both on and off the court.