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Rafael Nadal Academy Bravely Steps Into the Future to Embrace the Metaverse

Published 05/20/2022, 8:57 AM EDT

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Rafael Nadal is one of the most successful players of all time. In his two-decade-long career, the Spaniard has reached those heights of the game that remain untouched by a majority of players. Recalling his gracious presence, the 35-year-old today has one of the most impressive career records to his name.

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After receiving immense love from the tennis community throughout his career, it was in 2016 that Nadal decided to give it back to them in the grandest way possible. That’s when he launched the Rafael Nadal Academy. Six years since then, the academy today is one of the premier sports centers around the world. However, yesterday, the academy took its next major step by announcing its presence on metaverse.


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Visiting the Rafael Nadal Academy on the Metaverse

Visiting the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy is a dream for a majority of budding tennis players around the globe. Looking at the facilities provided by the academy, it is undoubtedly not a bad dream. Several players get to live this dream. However, on the other hand, a number of players cannot imagine themselves going there.

Moving ahead with time, Rafael Nadal Academy recently opted to strike away this disparity using technology. Yesterday, the 19th of May, the academy took to its Instagram handle, announcing its metaverse presence. Tieng up with the Spanish multinational telecommunications company, Telefonica, the academy announced it can now be visited in a virtual format.


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The Academy captioned the post, “We are very happy to tell you that from today the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar is already in the Metaverse! Thanks to the entire Telefonica team for making it possible and allowing the academy to be visited in a new and interactive way. We hope you really like the experience!”

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The announcement post featured Rafael Nadal sitting having hands on experience of the format. As shown in the post, one can select his avatar and visit the academy highly interactively. What’s more? The user can also attend practice sessions in the metaverse format of Rafael Nadal Academy.


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Rafael Nadal’s academy touched on one of the biggest feats by launching its metaverse version. However, it is now time for Rafael Nadal to touch on the second biggest feat. The Spaniard kicked off his year with back-to-back titles in Melbourne, Australian Open, and Acapulco. However, a rib-injury became the reason for his sudden downfall afterwards. Making a comeback, he further struggled with his ankle.

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Having odds against him, it is only the second time in his career that he is entering Roland Garros without a clay-court tour title. Analyzing his form, he may have to push his limits to win this year. However, on the contrary, looking at his prior success, one can undoubtedly expect a massive surprise from the Spaniard. He will kick off his campaign with a first-round clash against Australia’s Jordan Thompson.



Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale