Rafael Nadal Lauds Eco-Friendly Cantabria Labs for Their Effort in Working Against COVID-19

Published 03/19/2021, 3:25 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain during a Kia Key handover ceremony at Garden Square in Melbourne Park January 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for KIA)


One of the perks of being an established athlete is collaborations with big companies and their brands. Recently, tennis legend Rafael Nadal acquired the chance to visit the Cantabria labs, where his sun cream, Heliocare, is developed.

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An eco-sustainable innovation and production center, Cantabria Labs is located in Villaescusa, a little more than three miles from Cabárceno National Park, Spain. It claims to facilitate 500 trees of native species and greenery spread over 38,000 square meters.

After his visit, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said that he found the experience ‘spectacular’.

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Rafael Nadal opens up on his delightful visit to Cantabria Labs

The primary purpose of Rafael Nadal visiting the center was to bid congratulations to employees for successfully producing hydroalcoholic gel during the pandemic outbreak. He also wanted to appreciate the COVID warriors for their hard work. While he was there, the Spaniard also witnessed the making of his sun scream, Heliocare.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his Men’s Singles third round match against Hyeon Chung of South Korea on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019, in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Looking at the technological alignment with nature, Rafa was so impressed that he felt that the amalgamation was romantic.

He said, “We are talking about a unique place, surrounded by nature. The fact that the spring water is used at an energetic level, I think it has, apart from a very important practical sense and sustainability, also a very special romantic sense.”

(All quotes have been translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate).

As a tribute to Rafa, the Labs decided to plant an almond tree native to Mallorca. Since the Spaniard is also from the same region, they believe that it will grow as a fusion of Mallorca and Cantabria Labs.

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Presently, Nadal is in the middle of his preparations for the clay season, which will lead to his favorite tournament, the French Open. He will be eyeing to win the title and becoming the male player with the most Grand Slam titles.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021, Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth-round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Loren Elliott

However, from the beginning of 2021, the Spaniard has been suffering from a back injury. He withdrew from almost every tournament to recover, and this will still be a concerning factor.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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