Rafael Nadal Shoots For a Netflix Documentary in His Museum

Published 07/07/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
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)


World No.3 Rafael Nadal has been unwinding since his semifinal loss at the 2021 French Open. Having withdrawn from the Wimbledon Championships and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Nadal is making most of his time off-court.

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Last month, the tennis star was holidaying on his yacht in Ibiza with friends, appearing relaxed in pink and white swim shorts. In fact, just a few days before, Nadal competed in the 2021 Balearic Golf Championship, a tournament he has played in previous years as well.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Rafael Nadal to feature in a Netflix documentary

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Recently, production company, MallorcaShoot, uploaded a thread post on Instagram about filming an interview with the 20-time Grand Slam champion for a project.

The interview with Nadal is for a new Netflix documentary for an American production company. Having recorded the interview in the museum of the Rafa Nadal Academy, the production company uploaded pictures of the Spaniard’s shoot.

The collage of pictures shows Nadal wearing a white polo shirt paired with blue jeans. Interestingly, the background behind Nadal captures the glittering view of all of his twenty Grand Slam trophies inside the glass cabinet of the museum.

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The Spaniard has also been training on the hard courts inside his Academy for the American tennis swing, starting with the ATP Masters 1000 in Toronto, then Cincinnati, all the way to the 2021 US Open in New York.

Having played a grueling two-month-long clay-court season, Nadal felt the time between the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships was insufficient for his body to recuperate.

Nadal would return to the US Open after two years since he had withdrawn from the tournament last year because of the coronavirus restrictions. A four-time champion at Flushing Meadows, Nadal has played incredibly at the tournament in his last three attempts, lifting the trophy twice.

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With the 35-year-old having suffered a crushing loss at his beloved French Open which deprived him of a 14th title, the US Open presents him with the last chance to continue his streak of winning at least one Grand Slam each year since 2017.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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