Rafael Nadal shared tennis lessons and advice to middle-schoolers on Randall's Island. While in New York for the US Open, Nadal gave a lifetime experience to 25 New York middle schoolers. Nadal, who has always been about hard work, emphasized the importance of strong ethic.
"Work, work and work," Nadal said, per ABC7 New York. "And, of course, we need to move well and to hit a good shot. If the footwork is not working and we are not moving well around the ball, then it's impossible to hit some good shots.
But the main thing to start, in my opinion, is to keep looking at the ball all the time. Don't worry about if the ball goes in or out."
Nadal doing lots of good ahead of the US Open
On Wednesday, the US Open held a charity event for Ukraine.
Nadal, a record 22-time Grand Slam champion, was one of the participants at the charity event. “[It has been a] very tough couple of years in terms of [the] pandemic, now with the war,” Nadal said. “Excited to be back of course, always a pleasure to play in New York and in front of probably the best crowd of the world”.
Cori Gauff, who finished runner-up at this year's French Open, said it was "crazy" to share the court with Nadal, Iga Swiatek and John McEnroe. “Being on the court with John, Rafa and Iga, World No. 1, it’s really crazy here in New York,” Gauff said.
“I’m happy that I’m able to do it for this cause and you guys all know me, I like to speak out when it’s right. I’m glad that I was able to be a part of this”. Meanwhile, Nadal is preparing to play at the US Open for the first time since 2019. Nadal plays Rinky Hijikata in the US Open first round.