Rafael Nadal Reveals Core Philosophy and Goals Taught at His Academy

Published 03/01/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has given an insight into the basic philosophy and thought process that goes into churning out the next line of stars at his academy in Spain.

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The academy in Manacor works with aspiring tennis players in their early teens, or younger, helping them harness their innate talents and make a mark in the professional circuits.

Opening up on what goes on at his tennis school, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said that the two words that are at the heart of the activities at the academy are “respect” and “spirit of work”.

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He added that the focus is on trying to “grow” into future tennis stars with the “right education” through “friendship” and the determination and drive to face and “overcome tough situations” in the sport as well as in their lives.

Fighting even in the face of grave odds and not giving in easily has been the signature trait of the champion, and it’s something that he wants to pass onto the youngsters who learn the ropes of the game in his academy.

The Spaniard, who clinched an unprecedented 13th French Open title last year, said that the learners at his tennis school are given a set of work drills that are aimed at helping them find a way to get out of tough situations.

“For us, as a tennis academy, the main goal is to try to help the kids to bring the level of tennis to (their) limit,” the Spaniard said.

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

Nadal also said that he keeps telling the coaches and other professionals who work there that most of those who are training at the academy, perhaps, won’t make it to professional tennis and hence the focus should also be on helping them prepare for their “future lives”.

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Nadal said the idea is to put everybody on board with the core philosophy to help the learners grow with “right values” and “right education”He added that the thrust of the academy is on working in the spirit of friendship and togetherness and having the learners share their experiences.

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He said everyone involved with the academy is working very hard to give learners the best possible platform to hone their skills, and he is hopeful that the results will show in the next few years.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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