Rafael Nadal was praised on social media by Ryunosuke Watanabe, a student who just completed his 4th year at the Spaniard’s RNA Academy. The Japanese young tennis player was one of Rafa Nadal Academy’s first students.
He joined it 4 years ago when he was 14 years old. “Rafa Nadal Academy is the place I grew up from the age of 14 to 18. From all the things I’ve done and experienced, being one of the original students of RNA and becoming part of this big Nadal family is something I’ll be proud of for the rest of my life.
There were some ups and downs in the past four years, but I’m incredibly grateful for all your support. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be the person I am now,” wrote Ryunosuke on Instagram. “I’m quite a bit far from the person I want to be, but I’ve met so many wonderful people that I genuinely wish I could spend more time with.
You realize the importance of someone or something only after you lose them. But I’m sure that all the memories and connections that I made at the academy will help me overcome any problem in the future. Thank you very much to every single one of the staff members of the academy for taking care of me over the past four years.
You guys are amazing! Hope to see you all soon!”
Watanabe’s farewell message to Rafael Nadal
Besides saying goodbye to his whole family at RNA Academy, Watanabe wanted to express his gratefulness to his “boss”, Rafael Nadal, for the benefits he reaped across his time spent at the tennis facility.
“You’re my role model. Thank you for giving me so many opportunities over the past four years. I literally had the best time of my life because of you. You and your family truly showed us how to be nice to others. You’re someone who I’ve been looking up to since I started playing tennis.
I can’t even imagine the pressure that you always feel, but whatever I do in the future, I will give my best as you taught us. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us. I wish you and your family the best of luck”.