Rafael Nadal Joins a New Venture To Encourage the Needy During Crisis

Published 03/05/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal acknowledges a fan during his second round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott


World No. 2 Rafael Nadal was last seen at the Australian Open 2021. After a successful run at the tournament, the Spaniard’s journey was cut short in the quarterfinal when he lost to Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas. It is considered one of the best matches of the tournament as Stefanos won the match after losing the initial two sets. 

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Recently, Rafael Nadal featured in a short clip, which was shot while celebrating the 50th anniversary of Spanish mobile company, ‘Telefono de la esperanza.’

During the clip, Rafa is seen complimenting the volunteers for their great efforts in helping people facing personal problems. Furthermore, he vowed to take the initiative in the movement.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a practice session before the Australian Open REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Rafael Nadal: “It is a great satisfaction to tell you that I am joining the volunteers”

The thirteen-time Roland Garros champion stated, “Hello everyone the phone of hope turns 50 and for me, it is a great satisfaction to tell you that I am joining the volunteers of this generous association that has been listening empathically to millions of people who have personal problems or in moments of personal crisis.

The Spaniard was left impressed with the volunteers’ desire and wanted them to continue inspiring. He also lent them a big hug. The 34-year-old added, “I wanted to encourage you to continue doing this work that is so important to so many island people to move on that what you are doing is impressive a big hug.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his first round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Coming to tennis, Rafa pulled out of the Rotterdam Open 2021 at the penultimate moment. His constant struggles with his back forced him to make that decision.

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However, he is scheduled to play the Miami Open, later in March. While Nadal has never won in Miami, he is a former five-time finalist. 

After the Miami Open, the focus shifts to the clay-court tournaments, which will be followed by his most successful event, the French Open.  

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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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