Two days after winning his 12th French Open, Rafael Nadal attended the graduation ceremony for the third year in a row at the Rafa Nadal Academy in his birthplace, Manacor, with the former player David Ferrer. 29 girls and boys graduated.
They coincided the tennis training with the 'American International School of Mallorca' method. The ceremony took place on the Central Court and many graduates' relatives were there. Among the proudest parents, there was Toni Nadal, Head of the Academy, uncle and former coach of the 18-time Grand Slam winner.
Toni could not hide his emotion in seeing his daughter Marta graduating. "I am lucky in having a cousin like you", said Toni. "Not only because you have had such a successful career, but also because you got that far having the same values as when you played the Challengers."
Nadal and Ferrer encouraged the guys to make effort and sacrifice in their road to success. "I congratulate the graduates and I wish them the best in the future", said Nadal. "I want to thank the families for trusting our Academy and also the teachers, for the great job done.
I hope what you did here is useful in your life." Ferrer said that the talent is useless if you are not consistent enough. "The talented people are the ones who have the strength and commitment to work more than others.
They are the ones who have the humility to accept their weaknesses and improving them." Ferrer retired from tennis in the Madrid Open losing to Alexander Zverev. A week before he had ended his Barcelona Open career just against Nadal losing in a straight-set third round match