The 19-time Major champion Rafael Nadal has been one of the most successful players in tennis history, standing in the top-10 for 15 years and earning many records that will take some beating. Besides everything he has achieved in the last two decades, the 33-year-old has expanded his legacy beyond the court as well, opening Rafa Nadal Academy at home in Manacor in 2016 and gathering some of the world's leading juniors who train in the best facilities and with leading coaches.
Not stopping there, Nadal also launched the "Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre" in Mexico and Greece, exploring new grounds and embracing another massive project in Kuwait where he opened the second Academy on Wednesday.
Joining forces with property developer Tamdeen Group, Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar developed a brand-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex in Kuwait, a state of the art complex that includes a five-star hotel with 300 rooms, eight outdoor and eight indoor courts, an open court with 1,500 seats and covered arena with more than 5,000 seats.
The show court welcomed Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer on Wednesday, with two great friends launching the Academy and displaying it to the world of tennis. Eager to offer a chance for as many kids to embrace tennis and chase their dreams, Nadal spoke about the importance of the new Academy in the Middle East and the way his coaches will try to develop the youngsters into right people who will know how to perform on the court and always respect their rivals while bringing their 100% at every moment, something he has been showing around the world for two decades.
"Well, the world is big; we are open to any possibility. Everything is feasible. In the end, the more people start playing tennis in this region, the more options there will be for an important talent to emerge from the professional field worldwide.
We will try to do everything in the best possible way, working with passion and enthusiasm, also with the necessary resources so that children have the possibilities to grow at the tennis level, but also at the human level.
We try to always work from a basic principle, which is respect and the spirit of self-improvement, trying to transmit that to children; that the ultimate goal. It is important that they grow with strong values that can serve them in the sports field, but that, for those who do not get to live from sports, that they have adequate training that can be powerful enough, so that serve them for the future, in the professional or personal life they decide to have."