The Rafa Nadal Academy does not close its doors during this delicate moment due to the Coronavirus. Some of the boys who train at the Spanish facility have not returned to their countries of origin and will no longer be able to do so because of the health emergency.
Rafael wanted to send a message to the parents reassuring them about the situation. Here’s the full text of Rafael Nadal’s open letter: "Hello all, I hope you are well in these complicated times. As you know, the circumstances at the Academy are very particular as throughout the year young players of 42 different nationalities reside here.
For various family and logistical reasons, many of them have stayed here and it is our duty and responsibility to look after them and that is what I have told their parents. It the last few hours we have been in contact with the Superior Sports Council and the Balearic Islands’ Regional Ministry of Health in order to adopt the suitable measures that are in line with the current law.
The outcome of these conversations has allowed some coaching and support staff, as well as cleaning personnel, who have all volunteered, to confine themselves within the facilities in order to be able to look after these players who have to stay at the Academy during this time.
On Saturday, the Academy closed to the public, the adult residencies, the gym, the museum, the shop and the restaurant, such that the players and volunteer staff who are now confined to the premises are the only people on site. Nobody from outside can enter and thus we are able to try and avoid any possible infection from the outside."