Rafael Nadal Academy Releases Exciting Documentary Trailer Featuring Long-Time Rival Roger Federer

Published 09/07/2021, 3:06 PM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe react as they are presented to the crowd at Palais Eynard during the official welcome ceremony prior to the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo, on September 18, 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


Since turning pro in 2001, Rafael Nadal has established himself as an icon in men’s tennis. With 20 Grand Slam victories to his name, the Spaniard’s performances and work ethic have inspired millions to follow the sport, with some players even looking up to him.

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Five years ago, Nadal started the Rafael Nadal Academy, which strives to produce high quality tennis players. In fact, the academy became so popular that Amazon Prime will release a documentary on it. Earlier today, they released the trailer of the documentary, which features a cameo from Roger Federer.

Roger Federer features in documentary trailer released by the Rafael Nadal Academy

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The academy is located in Nadal’s hometown of Manacor, Mallorca. He built the facility in the place where he trains, and the academy opened its doors in 2016. Over the years, the academy produced a bunch of high quality players. An example of this is Norwegian tennis player, Casper Ruud.

The academy also has Movistar as one of its partners. Earlier today, they released a trailer just short of two minutes of the documentary that Amazon Prime will release. While the documentary is majorly in Spanish, there are a few scenes in English, and Federer features among those moments.

While depicting the intensity of the academy, Federer jokes by saying he hopes to send his children to the academy one day. He says“I really hope one day I can send my kids there, and then pick them up a week later and ask them, ‘So, how was it?’

“‘We don’t want to go back. It was too hard for us!'”

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Release date for the documentary yet to be confirmed

As the trailer reaches its end, they reveal the documentary is coming soon. Hence, fans across the world will need to be patient in order to see Nadal, and possibly Federer on the big screen.

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Fourteen. Rafael Nadal of Spain in tears as he awaits the trophy presentation after his five set win against Danill Medvedev of Russia in the Men’s Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

As for a return to tennis, the Spaniard looks to recover from a foot injury in time for the 2022 season. Meanwhile, Federer will undergo yet another knee surgery as he raised doubts over his return to the ATP Tour.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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