The COVID-19 pandemic headlined the year 2020. It affected the tennis world as the sport was sidelined for over six months. World No.2 Rafael Nadal, during this period, practiced at his Rafa Nadal Academy. As the academy has several young talents, they played a part in Rafa’s practice sessions for three months. Some even got the chance to practice with the 20-time Grand Slam champ.
Because of the pandemic, the children at the academy didn’t get to practice much or play tournaments until late September. But, when the lockdown was lifted in Spain, Nadal had started his practice to keep his body in shape. And thus the children at the academy got the chance to practice with the Spaniard.
The academy is headed by Rafa Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal. And now the academy is churning out top talents like Jaume Munar and Casper Ruud.
“For three months Rafael was practicing every day with the kids from the academy. It’s very good for the kids to have good players training here,” Toni Nadal said.
“Now the youngsters at the academy can often see players like Rafael, Jaume Munar or Casper Ruud. Grigor Dimitrov and Pablo Andujar were also at the academy this summer. For the young to have the possibility to watch these players is unbelievable,” Toni Nadal said.
Rafa Nadal has returned to his academy to prepare for 2021. He will surely train extensively as the Australian Open has been delayed and there could be limited training options when he quarantines in Australia.