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Does he really intend to play acapulco, indian wells and miami before his marathon run in clay to get to roland garros 2019?
7 tournaments with almost 33 years before trying to win his twelfth cup of musketeers.
What do fans of Spanish think about his schedule?.
 
Does he really intend to play acapulco, indian wells and miami before his marathon run in clay to get to roland garros 2019?
7 tournaments with almost 33 years before trying to win his twelfth cup of musketeers.
What do fans of Spanish think about his schedule?.
i hope he will play only indian wells or miami on hardcourt...the switch to clay and don´t play everything. skip rome or madrid. that would be a better way
 
Does he really intend to play acapulco, indian wells and miami before his marathon run in clay to get to roland garros 2019?
7 tournaments with almost 33 years before trying to win his twelfth cup of musketeers.
What do fans of Spanish think about his schedule?.

I think that Rafa knows what is best for him.

Rafa said about his schedule at his press conference on Jan.27, 2019:

RAFAEL NADAL: "I need matches, but I can't go crazy to play matches. I have my age. I have my calendar. I have my priorities. My priority now is come back home, have some rest. ...
Then my next step is Acapulco. That's my goal. Is a tournament that I like to play. I had some success there. I am excited to come back to Acapulco. I have Acapulco, I have Indian Wells, and that's my calendar today. The only thing I am sure I am not going to play something before these two events. That's my calendar today. Then we see. Depend how things go, I keep going or I take a rest to play on clay."

He confirmed his participation in the Acapulco tournament more than 3 months ago:
 
I think that Rafa knows what is best for him.

Rafa said about his schedule at his press conference on Jan.27, 2019:

RAFAEL NADAL: "I need matches, but I can't go crazy to play matches. I have my age. I have my calendar. I have my priorities. My priority now is come back home, have some rest. ...
Then my next step is Acapulco. That's my goal. Is a tournament that I like to play. I had some success there. I am excited to come back to Acapulco. I have Acapulco, I have Indian Wells, and that's my calendar today. The only thing I am sure I am not going to play something before these two events. That's my calendar today. Then we see. Depend how things go, I keep going or I take a rest to play on clay."

He confirmed his participation in the Acapulco tournament more than 3 months ago:
So he probably won’t be playing Miami?
 
Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

The new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico has opened its doors.

The Centre is located in the Costa Mujeres area on the Mexican Caribbean Coast (north of resort city of Cancun), in the facilities of the two resorts TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa. The resorts belong to Rafa's business partners.

Rafa visited the construction site of the new tennis centre in February 2018:
http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/NET-...)/Nadal-Launches-Tennis-Centre-in-Mexico.aspx


(y)
Rafa is going to Mexico next week:


Costa Mujeres is located around 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the Island of Cozumel, where Rafa partially owns two hotels.

:)
 
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Rafa & Sponsor - Banco Sabadell

February 7, 2019
The Banco Sabadell event in Vigo

Rafa will attend the Banco Sabadell event in Vigo, a city in the northwest of Spain, on Thursday evening. The event is titled "Dialogues on the future with Rafa Nadal." This is an onstage interview with Rafa in front of a live audience consisting of the guests invited by the bank.
Fans will be able to watch the interview (in Spanish) live via the link in the tweets:



Rafa became the global brand ambassador for Banco Sabadell in April 2014. Since then, the bank has organized multiple events Rafa has participated in, among them several onstage interviews in front of a live audience in different citys in Spain.

Last September, Rafa participated virtually in the debate titled "Futuros" (In English: "Futures") held in front of a live studio audience:

Screenshot

In Malaga, Sept.2017


In Alicante, Jan.2018:


Wikipedia: "Banco Sabadell is the fifth-largest Spanish banking group. Banco Sabadell has 53 international branches and representative offices in Algiers, Peking, Caracas, Dubai, Istanbul, México DF, New York, New Delhi, Santo Domingo, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Warsaw. Banco Sabadell has subsidiaries and associated Banks in Andorra, United States, Portugal, United Kingdom; and branches in London, Miami, Paris, Hendaye and Casablanca."
http://prensa.bancsabadell.com/en/N...the-banco-sabadell-brand-throughout-the-world

Vigo, a city in the northwest of Spain:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigo

:)
 
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Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

The new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico has opened its doors.

The Centre is located in the Costa Mujeres area on the Mexican Caribbean Coast (north of resort city of Cancun), in the facilities of the two resorts TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa. The resorts belong to Rafa's business partners.

Rafa visited the construction site of the new tennis centre in February 2018:
http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/NET-...)/Nadal-Launches-Tennis-Centre-in-Mexico.aspx
(y)
Rafa is going to Mexico next week:


Costa Mujeres is located around 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the Island of Cozumel, where Rafa partially owns two hotels.

:)
Rafa & his academy confirm that on February 18, he and Carlos Moya will attend the official inauguration of the tennis centre in Costa Mujeres, Mexico.

Rafa Nadal Academy: "On Monday 18 February, Rafa Nadal will be in Costa Mujeres (Mexico) for the official inauguration of the world’s first Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre.
Alongside Carlos Moyá, Technical Director of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar and Abel Matutes Prats, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group, Rafa Nadal will also participate in the opening of the TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa, the hotels where Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre is located." [Source: the video description]


:)
 
Rafa & Sponsor - Banco Sabadell

February 7, 2019
The Banco Sabadell event in Vigo

Rafa will attend the Banco Sabadell event in Vigo, a city in the northwest of Spain, on Thursday evening. The event is titled "Dialogues on the future with Rafa Nadal." This is an onstage interview with Rafa in front of a live audience consisting of the guests invited by the bank.
Fans will be able to watch the interview (in Spanish) live via the link in the tweets:



Rafa became the global brand ambassador for Banco Sabadell in April 2014. Since then, the bank has organized multiple events Rafa has participated in, among them several onstage interviews in front of a live audience in different citys in Spain.

Last September, Rafa participated virtually in the debate titled "Futuros" (In English: "Futures") held in front of a live studio audience:

Screenshot

In Malaga, Sept.2017


In Alicante, Jan.2018:


Wikipedia: "Banco Sabadell is the fifth-largest Spanish banking group. Banco Sabadell has 53 international branches and representative offices in Algiers, Peking, Caracas, Dubai, Istanbul, México DF, New York, New Delhi, Santo Domingo, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Warsaw. Banco Sabadell has subsidiaries and associated Banks in Andorra, United States, Portugal, United Kingdom; and branches in London, Miami, Paris, Hendaye and Casablanca."
http://prensa.bancsabadell.com/en/N...the-banco-sabadell-brand-throughout-the-world

Vigo, a city in the northwest of Spain:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigo

:)
Rafa arrives at the onstage interview:




Rafa sits for the onstage interview with a sports reporter for the Faro de Vigo, a daily newspaper for the town of Vigo:




Screenshots

I hope, a summary of the interview (or articles about it) will be available soon.

:)
 
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Rafa & Sponsor - Banco Sabadell

February 7, 2019
The Banco Sabadell event in Vigo

Rafa will attend the Banco Sabadell event in Vigo, a city in the northwest of Spain, on Thursday evening. The event is titled "Dialogues on the future with Rafa Nadal." This is an onstage interview with Rafa in front of a live audience consisting of the guests invited by the bank.
Fans will be able to watch the interview (in Spanish) live via the link in the tweets:



Rafa became the global brand ambassador for Banco Sabadell in April 2014. Since then, the bank has organized multiple events Rafa has participated in, among them several onstage interviews in front of a live audience in different citys in Spain.

Last September, Rafa participated virtually in the debate titled "Futuros" (In English: "Futures") held in front of a live studio audience:

Screenshot

In Malaga, Sept.2017


In Alicante, Jan.2018:


Wikipedia: "Banco Sabadell is the fifth-largest Spanish banking group. Banco Sabadell has 53 international branches and representative offices in Algiers, Peking, Caracas, Dubai, Istanbul, México DF, New York, New Delhi, Santo Domingo, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Warsaw. Banco Sabadell has subsidiaries and associated Banks in Andorra, United States, Portugal, United Kingdom; and branches in London, Miami, Paris, Hendaye and Casablanca."
http://prensa.bancsabadell.com/en/N...the-banco-sabadell-brand-throughout-the-world

Vigo, a city in the northwest of Spain:
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigo

:)
Rafa arrives at the onstage interview:




Rafa sits for the onstage interview with a sports reporter for the Faro de Vigo, a daily newspaper for the town of Vigo:




Screenshots

I hope, a summary of the interview (or articles about it) will be available soon.

:)

A summary of Rafa's onstage interview (in Spanish):

Nadal: "I get up every day in the hope of improving" [Google's translation]
https://www.farodevigo.es/deportes/2019/02/08/nadal-levanto-dia-ilusion-mejorar/2047692.html

He basically repeated what he has said earlier in his interviews.
He is going to play in the Davis Cup final that will take place in Madrid at the end of November, and wants to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Photo gallery (33 photos):
https://www.farodevigo.es/deportes/2019/02/08/nadal-levanto-dia-ilusion-mejorar/2047692.html




Vamos Rafa!
 
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Rafa is such a nice guy...just a nice nice person. :love:

Translated by nou.amic for VamosBrigade.

http://www.atlantico.net/articulo/depor ... 91283.html

1400 turn out for Rafa Nadal at the Mar de Vigo Auditorium
Jorge Castro. VIGO 08 Feb 2019

Almost 1400 people turned out at the Mar de Vigo Auditorium yesterday (Thurs 7 Feb) to see Rafa Nadal interviewed in public by Juan Carlos Álvarez under the patronage of the Banco Sabadell. The interview touched on aspects of the tennis player's career, his relationship with Vigo (**see below) and several points of current everyday interest. The event began ten minutes late and, after the introductory remarks, the tennis player made his entry from the highest point at the back of the auditorium to thunderous applause. As he descended towards the stage, he saluted both the public and the authorities and afterwards answered the questions he was asked clearly and concisely.

As refers to his career, he admitted losing to a superior Djokovic in this year's Australian Open final. "I think I've been a good loser throughout my career. I came home satisfied with the result but annoyed by the loss in the final. I'm now back practising and you do that by valuing the positive things you have done. I value the luck I have to dedicate myself to what was one of my hobbies. It has become my profession and I'm very good at it," stated the tennis player, but he also qualified that: "I'm not a fan of great compliments. I play tennis, I haven't invented anything. I'm an athlete, I can't be a hypocrite, I'm an outstanding athlete, but nothing else. In my daily life, off a tennis court, I'm an ordinary person, like any of my friends in Manacor. That's how I feel and that's how I try to live my life."

Nadal explained that his next sporting challenges are to play well in Acapulco and Indian Wells. Asked about the new Davis Cup, he said: "I really liked the former format, but one cannot deny that it was not adapted to the new times. With that formula, it was proved that the best players didn't normally regularly participate." For this reason, he ventured that "in a few years we'll see if there is an improvement with the changes. My intention is to take part in it (this autumn in Madrid). There are still a lot of months to go. Six, seven or eight. It's difficult for me to make a prediction because many things can happen along the way and we'll see when the time comes. He has the same plans for the Olympic Games in Tokyo: "I hope to enjoy them as much as I did Beijing and Rio. Due to injury, I wasn't able to do that in London," he said.

On the subject of the future, Nadal admitted that men's tennis is coming to the end of a cycle because he, Federer and Djokovic, who dominate the tour, are now veterans. "It's a reality that this epoch is over. The years are going by, we've had exceptional careers together and it's clear we're in the final stretch. In my own case, I'm going to do everything in my power to continue to be competitive and enjoy top level sport for as long as possible," he declared.

About his rivals, especially Federer and Djokovic, he explained that "it's normal to feel respect for your rivals for, after all, we've experienced moments together that were special for me and for them. You can have no other relationship but respect and appreciation."

The Manacor tennis player acknowledged that doubts have risen throughout his career, especially when he had injuries, but he clarified that they are necessary "because they mean that one is alive and it implies that you do not believe yourself to be superior. Also, so long as they're not excessive, they always make you try to improve. When you return after injury, it's logical for you have doubts. But I also had them when I was 16 years old, and I have them now.. and when I've won several tournaments in a row."

That Roland Garros record

Of all the tournaments Rafa Nadal has conquered, the most outstanding is his idyll with Roland Garros, which he has won eleven times, a total no one had ever achieved before and which will be difficult to equal. However, the Balearic player points out that "it's not something normal as nobody has ever done it before. Even so, if I, who I consider a normal person, can do it, someone else could come along and do it. Why not? If I did it, somebody else can do it," he said, but he also admitted that many factors have to come into play for it to occur."

Asked about his preferences in sport, the tennis player highlighted Pau Gasol, "a pioneer", but he made it clear that "we look to people that win a lot for reference but I think we should look to people we have close to us. I think the great examples are not people that triumph a lot, but those that work to help others." A way of thinking he tries to apply in his daily life.

**farodevigo.es wrote: Remembering his first visit to Vigo
https://www.farodevigo.es/deportes/2019 ... 47692.html

The first topic of conversation was the tournament Rafa Nadal played in Vigo in 2002, when he was just 16, at the Vigo Country Club. "I have great memories of it. It was one of the first tournaments I competed in at a semi-professional level. I remember the hotel was on the sea front and I felt very much at ease all week. We walked to the tournament and we went out for good seafood suppers many times and to get sweets, too. I buy fewer now, I have to look after myself more," he joked.

He said that "in the basic things of life" he is still practically the same as this boy who came to Vigo to compete in that tournament at the Country Club. "The pillars of my life are still the same. The basic change is in the experience and knowledge time in the profession gives you."
 
Rafa is such a nice guy...just a nice nice person. :love:

Translated by nou.amic for VamosBrigade.

http://www.atlantico.net/articulo/depor ... 91283.html

1400 turn out for Rafa Nadal at the Mar de Vigo Auditorium
Jorge Castro. VIGO 08 Feb 2019

Almost 1400 people turned out at the Mar de Vigo Auditorium yesterday (Thurs 7 Feb) to see Rafa Nadal interviewed in public by Juan Carlos Álvarez under the patronage of the Banco Sabadell. The interview touched on aspects of the tennis player's career, his relationship with Vigo (**see below) and several points of current everyday interest. The event began ten minutes late and, after the introductory remarks, the tennis player made his entry from the highest point at the back of the auditorium to thunderous applause. As he descended towards the stage, he saluted both the public and the authorities and afterwards answered the questions he was asked clearly and concisely.

As refers to his career, he admitted losing to a superior Djokovic in this year's Australian Open final. "I think I've been a good loser throughout my career. I came home satisfied with the result but annoyed by the loss in the final. I'm now back practising and you do that by valuing the positive things you have done. I value the luck I have to dedicate myself to what was one of my hobbies. It has become my profession and I'm very good at it," stated the tennis player, but he also qualified that: "I'm not a fan of great compliments. I play tennis, I haven't invented anything. I'm an athlete, I can't be a hypocrite, I'm an outstanding athlete, but nothing else. In my daily life, off a tennis court, I'm an ordinary person, like any of my friends in Manacor. That's how I feel and that's how I try to live my life."

Nadal explained that his next sporting challenges are to play well in Acapulco and Indian Wells. Asked about the new Davis Cup, he said: "I really liked the former format, but one cannot deny that it was not adapted to the new times. With that formula, it was proved that the best players didn't normally regularly participate." For this reason, he ventured that "in a few years we'll see if there is an improvement with the changes. My intention is to take part in it (this autumn in Madrid). There are still a lot of months to go. Six, seven or eight. It's difficult for me to make a prediction because many things can happen along the way and we'll see when the time comes. He has the same plans for the Olympic Games in Tokyo: "I hope to enjoy them as much as I did Beijing and Rio. Due to injury, I wasn't able to do that in London," he said.

On the subject of the future, Nadal admitted that men's tennis is coming to the end of a cycle because he, Federer and Djokovic, who dominate the tour, are now veterans. "It's a reality that this epoch is over. The years are going by, we've had exceptional careers together and it's clear we're in the final stretch. In my own case, I'm going to do everything in my power to continue to be competitive and enjoy top level sport for as long as possible," he declared.

About his rivals, especially Federer and Djokovic, he explained that "it's normal to feel respect for your rivals for, after all, we've experienced moments together that were special for me and for them. You can have no other relationship but respect and appreciation."

The Manacor tennis player acknowledged that doubts have risen throughout his career, especially when he had injuries, but he clarified that they are necessary "because they mean that one is alive and it implies that you do not believe yourself to be superior. Also, so long as they're not excessive, they always make you try to improve. When you return after injury, it's logical for you have doubts. But I also had them when I was 16 years old, and I have them now.. and when I've won several tournaments in a row."

That Roland Garros record

Of all the tournaments Rafa Nadal has conquered, the most outstanding is his idyll with Roland Garros, which he has won eleven times, a total no one had ever achieved before and which will be difficult to equal. However, the Balearic player points out that "it's not something normal as nobody has ever done it before. Even so, if I, who I consider a normal person, can do it, someone else could come along and do it. Why not? If I did it, somebody else can do it," he said, but he also admitted that many factors have to come into play for it to occur."

Asked about his preferences in sport, the tennis player highlighted Pau Gasol, "a pioneer", but he made it clear that "we look to people that win a lot for reference but I think we should look to people we have close to us. I think the great examples are not people that triumph a lot, but those that work to help others." A way of thinking he tries to apply in his daily life.

**farodevigo.es wrote: Remembering his first visit to Vigo
https://www.farodevigo.es/deportes/2019 ... 47692.html

The first topic of conversation was the tournament Rafa Nadal played in Vigo in 2002, when he was just 16, at the Vigo Country Club. "I have great memories of it. It was one of the first tournaments I competed in at a semi-professional level. I remember the hotel was on the seafront and I felt very much at ease all week. We walked to the tournament and we went out for good seafood suppers many times and to get sweets, too. I buy fewer now, I have to look after myself more," he joked.

He said that "in the basic things of life" he is still practically the same as this boy who came to Vigo to compete in that tournament at the Country Club. "The pillars of my life are still the same. The basic change is in the experience and knowledge time in the profession gives you."
I think what Rafa doesn't seem to accept is that as far as being a human being, everyone is normal, but, some are special and extraordinary and he is one of them. Even Queen Elizabeth II is a normal person; everyone knows that she is not superhuman she does all the things that nature calls for like the rest of us yet she is not a normal person because of the adulation and special position she enjoys and the lifestyle that she leads. Film stars and other performers are all normal human beings but they are not normal because of the way they live and the privileges they enjoy. How many people in Spain or anywhere else in the world enjoy Rafa's charmed life and adulation because he is extraordinarily good at what he does? How many sports men and women are box office stars in their chosen sport who can command a $1m fee just to appear at an event? You can't sit at an event where 1400k specially invited people have come for an audience with you and say you are a normal person.

No, Rafa, you are far from being normal. Just enjoy the good fortune that life has bestowed on you and as you do, help those less fortunate or in need.
 
Rafa & Palladium Magazine

Rafa is on the cover of the latest issue of Palladium Magazine, a lifestyle magazine published by Palladium Hotel Group, a Spanish hotel chain. The hotel company is the owner of the two new resorts, located adjacent to each other, on Costa Mujeres beach, Mexico, where the new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre is situated.


Via AJ

The magazine publisher has used a picture from a Richard Mille photo shoot on the magazine's cover. Here is another picture from the RM photo shoot in 2015:



:)
 
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Relaxing Time

Rafa is golfing this weekend. He is participating in a golf tournament being held at the Vall D'Or Golf Course in Mallorca:

http://instagr.am/p/Btq-dm7oS3O/
:)
February 10, 2019

The second day of the Balearic Islands Golf Championship (for 30+ years old):

http://instagr.am/p/BtssVohoYUv/ http://instagr.am/p/Btsso9DILDx/
:)

A few pictures taken on Sunday:





Photos via Federacion Balear de Golf

Golf specialists say that Rafa's golf swing is very influenced by tennis. He plays golf right handed, but his swing is similar to his two-handed backhand tennis swing. :)
 
@octobrina10 "Golf specialists say that Rafa's golf swing is very influenced by tennis. He plays golf right handed, but his swing is similar to his two-handed backhand tennis swing. :) "

Fede Paez said this about Rafa's game:
"He plays very well, he's methodical and very skilled, you can see his swing is very well put together and influenced by tennis, but I've very rarely seen coordination like his, he's capable of moving the ball whatever way he wants, he closes it, opens it, makes changes in direction… many pros would really like to have that control."
 
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/rafael- ... tournament
Nadal's Competitive Nature Shines On Golf Course

ATP Tour No. 2 finishes runner-up at Spanish golf tournament

Tennis might be Rafael Nadal's first love, but it's no secret the World No. 2 also has a special place in his heart for another sport: golf. Nadal has a 1.5 handicap, good enough to compete at a professional level, and enjoys spending downtime from the tennis court by taking to the golf course.

Over the weekend, Nadal showed off his golf prowess by finishing second in the over-30 bracket at the Balearic Islands Championship at Vall D'or Golf Club, an 18-hole course on the Spaniard's home island of Mallorca.

Nadal, who represented Mallorca's golf club Son Servera, held a 3-stroke lead (-1) over Federico Paez going into the final day of play. The 32-year-old started strongly with two birdies in the first three holes but his chances of claiming the title took a hit when he shot a quadruple bogey.

Rafa tried to rally down the stretch but a double bogey on the 17th ended his hopes of a comeback. He finished second with 150 strokes, three more than Paez. Miguel Angel Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and brother of the player's former coach Toni, finished 15th.

Nadal's service on the golf course goes beyond friendly competition. Along with Spanish professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, Nadal organizes tournaments at Son Servera for charitable causes. Late last year, Nadal helped raise funds to aid the victims of the Sant Llorenc floods, a natural disaster that created mud slides and devastated parts of Mallorca on 9 October.
 
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/nadal-2 ... ard-museum
Rafa Adds Newest Trophy To Showcase

Stefan Edberg Sportmanship Award now on display at the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience




An injury prevented Rafael Nadal from competing in November's Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in London. It also prevented the World No. 2 from attending and personally accepting the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award in the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.

The honour, voted by fellow ATP Tour players, recognised the Spaniard for his fair play, professionalism and integrity on and off the court in 2018. Nadal was a recipient of the same honour in 2010.

Two months later, the trophy is now on display at the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience, a part of the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre, which also houses the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar on the Spaniard's home island of Mallorca. The trophy is part of an exhibit that showcases the trophies, plaques and medals that Nadal has earned since childhood, along with a collection of tennis-related items donated by peers since Nadal turned pro in 2001.

"I want to thank my fellow players for selecting me to receive the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award," Nadal said. "It makes it that more special to have been voted by my peers and on-court rivals. I also want to thank my fans, who are always there to support me."

Throughout his career, Nadal has won an ATP Tour award in each of the categories chosen by players: Newcomer (2003), Most Improved Player (2005), Comeback Player (2013) and Sportsmanship (2010, 2018). He was also awarded the trophy for being No. 1 at the end of the year on four occasions (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017) and was chosen by the ATP as the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in 2011.


 
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

February 13, 2019
Celebrating UNESCO's World Radio Day

Radio Mallorca, a radio station owned by Cadena SER, which is Spain's premier radio network, celebrated World Radio Day at Rafa's sports centre/academy.
The radio hosts talked with guests about education and teaching values.

Uncle Toni was among the radio guests:

The "studio" audience consisted of 25 radio listeners who travelled from Palma to Manacor, students of Rafa's academy and pupils of the school where Rafa studied as a child:

In the morning, Radio Mallorca interviewed Carlos Moya, who said that Rafa is in good physical condition:


https://cadenaser.com/emisora/2019/02/13/radio_mallorca/1550065361_660227.html?ssm=tw

UNESCO: ¤¤ On 13 February 2019, UNESCO will celebrate the 8th edition of World Radio Day.
This day marks a time where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes our lives. Radio informs, transforms and unites us. It brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. More specifically, radio is the perfect medium to counter the appeals for violence and the spread of conflict, especially in regions potentially more exposed to such realities. On that basis, World Radio Day 2019 will celebrate the theme of “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”...¤¤
https://en.unesco.org/events/world-radio-day-2019

 
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[B]Genny SS[/B]‏ @[B]genny_ss[/B] 17

Marc:"Rafa's one of my BFF. Not just a great tennis player but also a very good person..incredible & charming, always caring for all his friends & everybody. An example. If I had a son I'd tell him to emulate as much as possible what Rafa does on&off court"


Marc López: "If I had a son, I would tell him to copy Rafa to the maximum what he does on and off the court"

A true luxury for Tennis Diary . We chat exclusively with the Spaniard Marc López, one of the greatest doubles in the history of tennis in his country and who has an interesting history. He told us how he enjoys being in Argentina, his passage from singles (remember great victories) to doubles and his great friendship with Rafa Nadal, whom he praises without stopping.

[B]Genny SS[/B]‏ @[B]genny_ss[/B]
Marc can't help it... whenever he's interviewed & asked on Rafa, he can't stop talking wonders about him [See this thread for some lovely quotes from Marc about Rafa in this interview -> Marc Lopez Tarres, tenista español en el Argentina Open 2019]

Marc: "Nadal's out of the ordinary. Though he's a singles player & the [doubles] game changes a bit, there are people who were born to play tennis, be it singles or doubles. Rafa's the best Spanish doubles player & he'd also be one of the best in the world if he played more."

Marc on winning the gold medal with Rafa in Rio: "I couldn't have had a better doubles partner & I was fortunate to seize the chance of winning with him, which will forever remain as one of my best memories."

Marc on talking to Rafa on the chance of staying on tour playing doubles w/him when he stops playing singles: "[laughing] That'd be... Rafa has his singles career & he's achieving great things year after year, which is very demanding physically & he has to take care of his body.

So, he'd better focus on what he's doing,which is historical for ESP tennis & world wide. I'll be happy if I can play w/him some weeks per season but I think he'll stop playing tennis when he stops playing singles. He's already helped me & done a lot for me. I can't ask him more"
 
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