‘Happy to look after kids’, Rafael Nadal takes a tour of his academy and interacts with young players ahead of the Clay season

Rafael Nadal Academy
Rafael Nadal Academy

Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest legends in the tennis world. He has the most Grand Slams among men, the staggering tally being 21. His recent win at the Australian Open is nothing short of a fairy tale. He has the most singles Grand Slam titles (13 French Open titles).

Tennis is an extremely difficult sport in terms of technique and training. But beyond that, it takes all the willpower and enthusiasm of the player. It cannot come from an external source. Rafa Nadal said it himself: “Tennis is a tough sport. There is a lot of competition all year round and you play alone.

Rafael Nadal had founded the Rafael Nadal Academy to help aspiring and talented players to reach their potential. The academy is run by Rafa’s uncle and coach Toni Nadal, the person who brought Rafa to tennis. There are both yearly and semester programs run by the academy to help players ages 11-18 to maximize their potential.

The Academy believes that the prestige of the annual (or semester) plan is equal to that of Rafael Nadal thanks to state-of-the-art facilities, precise methodology, the caliber of the teaching team and academic achievement. The academy has 19 hard courts, seven clay courts and one indoor court. The academy is equipped with a sports cafe for healthy eating and fitness and training facilities. There is also the Rafael Nadal Museum which contains all of Nadal’s trophies.

Rafael Nadal Academy – promoting young talent

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

All conditioning methods are used for the participants including physical, mental and of course most importantly tennis training. The academy also regularly holds competitions to check the areas of improvement and the performance of the participants. Rafael Nadal also comes to the facilities to interact with the players, share valuable experiences and motivate them to play the sport. It becomes important that the giants lead the way. Sir Issac Newton used to say: ” If I’ve seen further, it’s by standing on the shoulders of giants.

The Nadal Academy fulfills the task of sharing its team and coaches and giving the aspiring tennis players the opportunity to train just like the legend and learn from his experiences to use them both in sport and in their lives.

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Subhankar Mondal

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