Casper Ruud Describes Why Rafa Nadal Academy Is the ‘Perfect Fit’ for a Tennis Player

Published 03/22/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe plays a forehand in his singles match against Milos Raonic of Team World during Day Two of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 21, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


Former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is the greatest competitor the sport has witnessed. His ability to fight and the never-give-up attitude he possesses are what separates him from the rest of the players on Tour. There are certain records he has to his name that seem unlikely to be broken in the future.

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Recently, Rafael Nadal was praised by youngster Casper Ruud. The Norwegian player recently trained at the Rafa Nadal Academy and found the facilities to be good. There will be an additional fifteen courts built at the Academy, and Ruud considered it to be one of the top ten places to learn tennis in the world.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the first set against Karen Khachanov of Russia during their men’s singles quarter final match on day twelve of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Rafa Nadal Academy is expanding

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The 22-year-old player stated, “It’s great. You’ve been there and seen the facility and they are growing and expanding with like fifteen new courts. So it’s definitely one of the best ten places to focus on your career in tennis and become one of the best tennis players in the world. Mallorca is a nice place and a nice island, especially from March until November-December month. It’s a great place to be in… You have tennis and also have a nice scenery where you can relax.”

Ruud also praised the location and called it the perfect fit for any player who wished to pursue tennis. He also hailed Rafa as an example to look up to, as he has trained in the region all his life.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 19: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Guido Pella of Argentinain their quarter final match during day six of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

World No. 24 added, ” It’s a perfect fit for a tennis player. Look at Rafa, he’s one of the greatest of all time and that’s where he’s from. He’s done all of his life and training from Mallorca, and that’s an indication of how good a place it is.”

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In the current season, Casper reached the fourth round of the Australian Open 2021. On the other hand, Nadal came as far as the quarterfinal in Melbourne. He withdrew from the Miami Open and will look to feature at the Monte Carlo Masters.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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