Rafael Nadal represents a huge source of inspiration for many players. The 19-time Grand Slam champion helps many young promises thanks to his Academy in Manacor, which also hosts many professionals during the professional tour stop periods.
Both circuits are suspended until July 30th.
Garcia on her experience in the Rafael Nadal Academy
Former World 4 Caroline Garcia talked about her experience in the Rafael Nadal academy. “It wasn’t always easy to be motivated, whereas here is the opposite.
You can find players at every level, lots of young players, and everybody is training hard. Rafael Nadal’s soul is everywhere here. His uncle Toni is often on the courts and can give you some pieces of advice here and there.
Also, everything you need is on-site, it’s very practical,” Garcia told Tennis Masters. During her entire quarantine, she had an indoor court to practice and a world-class gym to workout. Also, her parents and her team were staying with her.
“We already had a nice stay there in February when we came for a training session. I’m used to training on my own, and even when I was practicing near Lyon at French Federation facilities. I couldn’t find players of the desired level, even if now it’s a bit less the case,” Garcia added.
Caroline also praised Rafael Nadal's fighting spirit, which is a feature of not just him but also other Spaniards like David Ferrer and Carla Suarez-Navarro. “I love the Spanish mentality and I think it can help me," remarked Garcia.
The French player has won seven singles and six doubles titles on the WTA tour, one singles and one doubles title on the WTA 125K series, and has one singles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 10 September 2018, she reached her best WTA singles ranking of world No. 4, and on 24 October 2016 she peaked at No. 2 in the doubles rankings, tied with fellow Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.