Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata reveals his passion for tennis

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has revealed that he is a huge tennis fan and used to play a lot as a youngster

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Juan Mata (right) joined Chelsea from Valencia in August 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has revealed that he is a huge tennis fan and used to play the sport a lot as a youngster.

The Chelsea playmaker has been one of the Blues’ standout performers in the Premier League since joining the west London club from Valencia back in 2011.

And Mata says he used to play tennis on a regular basis before opting to focus on football.

“I’ve always been a massive tennis fan, but I also enjoy playing table tennis as well and Oriol Romeu and I often play against each other at Cobham,” Mata told Chelsea’s website.

“When I was young I used to play tennis against my uncle and I really enjoyed it. I was quite good and used to train pretty hard but I was a bit better at football.

“I went to see the masters in the O2, and I follow the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, I really like it.”

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