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.
Some of the best juniors in the world have gathered in Manacor, imrpoving their game regularly and preparing for the challenging world of professional tennis. Recently, Dani Rincon claimed the title at Orange Bowl, heading all the way with another Rafa Nadal Academy student Abdullah Shelbayh to conquer the doubles crown as well.
Also, established top-100 players have found their home at the Academy, making significant progress through the ranking and moving closer to the place in the top-50. The Norwegian Casper Ruud is one of them, gaining almost 60 spots on the list this season and advancing into the first ATP final in Houston.
Casper has the opportunity to work with Toni Nadal and other high-profiled coaches, with a chance to train with Rafael Nadal himself whenever they are together at the Academy. Another familiar face in Manacor is Jaume Munar, the 22-year-old who had a breakthrough run in 2018 when he established himself as the top-100 player.
As a Christmas gift, kids from the Academy prepared a beautiful picture of Rafa who left to Abu Dhabi, preparing for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship ahead of the ATP Cup in Australia. Rafa had spent the last couple of days at his Academy, practicing with Ruud, Munar and other youngsters and sharing his knowledge with the youngest players at the Academy, something that means a lot for each and every kid in Manacor.