Rafael Nadal has recently reopened his Academy in Manacor, where he hosts many young people engaged in sports and in their school career. Professional tennis has stopped since last March, when it became clear that the spread of Coronavirus would spread worldwide.
The former World number 1 had just won the title in Acapulco without losing a single set.
Nadal and his 'apolitical' stance
In an interview radio 'Voz de Galicia' the Mallorcan said that he is indifferent to political ideologies and that he just wants the best for his country - irrespective of the ideological leanings of the ruling government.
"It is absolutely indifferent whether the country is governed on the left or the right or even in the center. Give me the same. When I speak I don’t think about politic, I speak as a citizen. And I want those who govern us to do the best they can for people" - the 19 time Grand Slam champion.
"What difference does it make to me if the PP, Podemos, the PSOE, Vox, Ciudadanos, or whatever! I do not care Casado, Abascal, Arrimadas, Iglesias or Sánchez. That they take us out of this and that we have the least number of deaths possible and the least economic impact possible," the Spanish tennis legend added.
Nadal is, along with Wilander, the only male tennis player to win at least two Grand Slams on three different surfaces (hard, grass and clay). Nadal is also, along with Agassi, the only male tennis player to win the Olympic Gold in singles and the four Grand Slams in his career, a feat known as Career Golden Slam.
In 2010, Nadal became the only male tennis player to win Grand Slams on three different surfaces (clay, grass and hard courts) the same calendar year. Nadal holds the record for most consecutive years winning a Grand Slam (2005–2014), as well as the record for most outdoor titles (83).
Rafael Nadal has thrown further backing behind Novak Djokovic’s plans for top tennis players to financially support those lower down the rankings – and not just during a pandemic. “Different measures have been taken, and one of them is to create a fund for the one hundred best players in the world to contribute an amount of money to help the rest of the players, who are having a hard time and are experiencing difficult situations,” Nadal explained.
“This fund is to help the world of tennis in general, not just players. In difficult times you are forced to think about the one who are worse than you”.