Opened in 2016, Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar has gathered some of the leading juniors in the world, offering them a chance to work at the top-tier facility with best coaches and under the close eye of the 19-time Major champion Rafael Nadal himself.
Besides the Academy, Nadal also launched the "Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre" in Mexico and Greece, with Kuwait as the next destination where he wants to improve the level of tennis and open it for kids and professionals.
Joining forces with property developer Tamdeen Group, Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar provides a brand-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex in Kuwait, one of the most significant sports initiative developed with Kuwait Public Authority for Sport.
Rafa will fly to Kuwait in February 2020 for the opening of what should be the most prominent international tennis academy in the Middle East and a part of the first multi-facility and services complex for tennis in Kuwait.
State of the art complex will include 18 courts, eight outdoor, eight indoor, open court with 1,500 seats and covered arena with more than 5,000 seats. A five-star hotel, restaurants and diverse selection of retail outlets will also be a part of the complex that should become the gathering point of the Kuwait tennis federation, giving them a chance to provide a future champion from this region.
"I'm personally thrilled to open the Academy in Kuwait. We're working hard to create the right programs for the kids and our members, making for a strong development of tennis all over the region. See you very soon," Rafael Nadal said.
"We have been working so that players from all over the world train in tennis and life skills in Mallorca, where we try to instill in them the importance of hard work, sacrifice and humility so that they perform as well as possible and give their all.
Here in Kuwait, we seek to do the same with young children and adults who come to these magnificent facilities," said Toni Nadal. "Nuno and the whole team of coaches will guarantee that the quality of our training is on par with the best in the world.
With the aid of our great partner Tamdeen, we will help grow the sport in Kuwait." "In the race for excellence, there is no finish line. Our vision is clear and Tamdeen is delivering on its promise to reshape the state's urban and social landscapes.
Our commitment to this project is four-fold: aid national development schemes outlined by our wise leadership; leverage progressive public-private partnerships to facilitate world-class infrastructure projects; construct facilities which establish Kuwait and its championships on the international sporting map; and foster a fertile environment for Kuwaiti athletes to excel in international sports.
With our shared vision and values, and the collaboration of the Kuwait Tennis Federation and Kuwait's General Authority for Sports, the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait at the Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah Tennis Complex will drive awareness of tennis and healthy living among Kuwaiti youth and attract a new generation of fans to the sport and general fitness.
Today, we provide the platform to turn dreams into reality. By utilizing our wealth of experience alongside some of the leading international expert s in the field, the project has been designed to keep pace with the State Of Kuwait's significant position in the world of tennis.
Finally, I would like to send our congratulations to Rafael on ending the year as the world number one – it's a truly amazing achievement," said Mohammed Jassim Khalid Al Marzouq - Chairman of Tamdeen Group.