Nadal's sister invites Ana Ivanovic to the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy

Maribel, sister of the Spanish champion, invited the former Serbian star, after the latter had shared a video of her playing tennis on Instagram

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Nadal's sister invites Ana Ivanovic to the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy
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Ana Ivanovic retired from tennis in December 2016, at the age of 29, and has since pursued her private life goals. But tennis still remains a great passion for the Serbian tennis player, who returned to the clay court last November 28th to train.

The former Slam champion and WTA world no.1 shared a video on Instagram in which she plays tennis in a beautiful white outfit. "It's more than just a sport," she woes to her fans. Maribel, Rafael Nadal's sister, after seeing the post of the beautiful former player, invited Ana Ivanovic to the Rafa Nadal Academy.

"You have to come one day to play at the Academy Ana," she wrote, commenting on Ana's post.

The story behind Ana's career

At the end of 2020, Ana Ivanovic gave an interview to Sport Klub about her recalling her complicated beginnings in tennis.

Furthermore, the former world number 1 confessed that she was the toughest rival she has faced. "I started playing tennis when I was five years old. I saw Monica Seles on television and my father gave me a small tennis racket for my birthday.

That's how I started playing tennis. It was love at first sight. It was amazing how much I was interested in this sport, since no one in my family followed tennis. My father played basketball, my uncle played football, but nobody played tennis.

He caught my attention and from the first moment I knew that tennis and I were destined to be together. At 13 I left Serbia to go to Switzerland. It was a very complicated decision. I traveled alone because we couldn't afford to travel with the whole family.

Later, my mother joined my travels and helped me a lot. The family suffered a lot because of my departure, but I think everyone understood the decision and supported me from the first moment. The situation in Serbia at the time was not good and so I decided to leave.

As a child I was always very introverted and usually didn't interact much with people. Tennis was my world and I enjoyed it and wasn't afraid to take that step," she explained.

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