World no. 2 Rafael Nadal has arrived in Kuwait for the first time, ready to open the new branch of his Rafa Nadal Academy and one of the most advanced tennis complex in that part of the world. Following the quarter-final loss to Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open, Nadal had to step down from the ATP throne and leave it to Novak Djokovic, taking some time off the court to visit Kuwait and open his Academy.
Ever since the opening 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 and shape up their game with best coaches and often under the close eye of the 19-time Major champion Rafael Nadal himself.
Besides the Academy in his native Manacor, Nadal had also launched the "Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre" in Mexico and Greece, with Kuwait as the next destination where he wants to take the local level of tennis to a higher level and bring the sport closer to both kids and professionals.
Joining forces with property developer Tamdeen Group, Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar produces a brand-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex in Kuwait, one of the most significant sports initiative originated with Kuwait Public Authority for Sport.
State of the art complex includes 18 courts, eight outdoor, eight indoor, an open court with 1,500 seats and covered arena with more than 5,000 seats. A five-star hotel and restaurants will be a part of the complex that should become the gathering point of the Kuwait tennis federation, providing a chance for the future champions from the region to make their first tennis steps and seek big titles in the years to come.
On February 5, Rafael Nadal and a former world no.3 David Ferrer will kick off the action at the brand-new Academy with an exhibition match, offering a chance for the spectators and students to watch two of the finest players of the previous two decades.