WATCH: Rafael Nadal Takes a Tour of His Under-Construction Rafa Nadal Academy

Published 04/07/2021, 8:30 PM 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)


World No.3 Rafael Nadal didn’t have an ideal start in his 2021 tennis season. The Spaniard lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters of the Australian Open 2021 even after winning the first two sets. After that, he caught up an injury and skipped the Miami Open 2021.

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Recently, fans witnessed Rafael Nadal taking a tour of his Rafa Nadal Academy. The Academy is undergoing some construction work at the moment and Nadal was checking the progress of the work.

Just like a workman, he was wearing the protective equipments that included a white helmet and a fluorescent jacket. He started his tour by holding a racquet in his hand and was doing the standard drill of bouncing with the ball.

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In the video, one can see a number of clay courts and Rafa was certainly checking the quality of the surface. In addition, he was analyzing the bounce of the ball on clay and was looking quite interested in making the surface an ideal one for the youngsters.

When he went upstairs, one can see many different grass and hard courts for the youngsters as well. The Academy certainly covers a really large area that can provide several resources to the youngsters.

Rafael Nadal in the 2021 tennis season

Supposed to begin his campaign at the ATP Cup 2021, Rafa missed the tournament due to a back injury. His team surely felt his absence and Spain couldn’t make it to the finals of the tournament this year.

ACAPULCO, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 29: Rafael Nadal of Spain gestures during the singles match against Taylor Fritz of the United States during Day 6 of the ATP Mexican Open at Princess Mundo Imperial on February 29, 2020, in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The Spaniard had a good start at the Australian Open 2021 too before Stefanos Tsitsipas stunned him in the quarters. The Greek player made a phenomenal comeback and Rafa’s aim of winning his second Grand Slam title in Melbourne couldn’t be fulfilled.

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With the clay-court season approaching, Rafa will look forward to performing well there. It is a chance for him to surpass Roger Federer’s Grand Slam tally in Paris this time. Will Rafa be able to defend his French Open title yet again this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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