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The 2nd annual Rafa Nadal Golf Challenge tournament in Mallorca
Takes place from 15-17 February, 2019

Rafa's sports centre hosts participants of the Rafa Nadal Golf Challenge by Sotheby’s International Realty, an international golf tournament, this weekend.
The tournament is organized by Sotheby's International Realty, a luxury real estate company, to bring together its international colleagues and partners from all over the world to network and play golf. The participants are accommodated at Rafa's sports centre and golfers compete at the Vall D’Or Golf course.
Last year, the team captained by Rafa and consisting of his friends & extended family members won the tournament. This year, Rafa hasn't played yet, he has been busy preparing for his trip to Mexico.

The tournament presentation and welcome dinner were held at the sports centre on Thursday:

The man pictured on the far right is the president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty.
Photos Via RNSC FB

Vall D’Or Golf course where the competition takes place:

Photos via RNSC IG

On Friday evening, Rafa hosted dinner for the participants in the trophy room of his museum (Click the forward icon to see all the pictures):
http://instagr.am/p/Bt7h-W-gTdq/
He gifted a signed shirt to the president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. The company has co-sponsored various sports events organized by Rafa's sports centre/academy.

Photo via RNSC FB


Via eileengamelhartman IG and a screenshot

Vamos Rafa!
 
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Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

February 16, 2019

Rafa is on his way to Mexico:
http://instagr.am/p/Bt8iSR8gNj1/
He will spend a couple of days on the Caribbean side of Mexico, where he'll officially launch his tennis centre, before travelling to Acapulco located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The flight distance from Mexico's Caribbean coast to Acapulco is about 1500 km/ 930 miles.

Rafa's mother is already waiting for him in the new resort complex where Rafa's tennis centre is located:

:)
 
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Any guesses about what Rafa will be doing after he hangs up his racquet?

I hope it's not too soon though!!!!!!!!
we all know the answer to that-
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.

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."
 
Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

February 18, 2019

Rafa is in Mexico:

He flew from Spain to Cancun, a coastal city in the popular vacation destination called the Mexican Caribbean. He'll spend a couple of days in Costa Mujeres (about 30 minutes drive away from Cancun) before heading to Acapulco.

In Costa Mujeres, he'll inaugurate the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre (on Monday, February 18) and participate in the launch ceremony of the dual-branded resort complex where the tennis centre is situated. The tennis courts will be available to both hotel guests and local people. The new resort complex, located on Costa Mujeres beach, belongs to Spanish chain Palladium Hotel Group owned by Rafa's longtime business partners.

The tennis centre in Mexico is Rafa's first tennis facility outside of Mallorca. It offers a variety of different tennis programs for both youth and adults.
Read more (in Spanish):
https://as.com/tenis/2019/02/06/mas_tenis/1549456296_489789.html
https://www.marca.com/claro-mx/otros-deportes/tenis/2019/02/13/5c646e5f268e3e82648b4594.html
https://www.marca.com/tenis/2019/02/18/5c6a871446163fabac8b4581.html


A map of the resort complex:


The location of the resort complex:



Via Marca

Vamos Rafa!
 
Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

February 18, 2019
Inauguration

Rafa and Abel Matutes Prats, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group, cut the red ribbon to inaugurate the tennis centre and played some tennis:


Via RNTC IG



Via Palladium Hotel Group

The Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre:

Screenshot from RNTC video

The resort complex:

Screenshot from Palladium Hotel Group video

 
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This is going to cut into Rafa's golfing time at Indian Wells. :p

Rafael Nadal Headlines “Rafa & Friends” In The First-Ever Eisenhower Cup Presented By Masimo

$150,000 Winner-Take-All Event To Also Feature Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, and Two Players Still To Be Announced;
All Tickets $25; Proceeds To Benefit Local Charities


World No. 2, 17-time Major Champion and three-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Rafael Nadal headlines “Rafa & Friends” in the first-ever Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo – a one-night Tie Break Tens event scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 during the 2019 BNP Paribas Open.

Joining Nadal for the $150,000 winner-take-all event that will be held in Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden are World No. 8 and 2018 French Open finalist Dominic Thiem; World No. 14 and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic; eight-time ATP Tour winner Gael Monfils; and two additional players still to be announced.

The fast-paced, innovative Tie Break Tens format consists of first to ten-point tie break matches. The players will be divided into two groups for round-robin play, followed by a final match between the two winners of group play, for a total of seven matches during the course of the evening. The Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo will begin at 7:00 p.m. and tickets will be $25. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit four local charities: Masimo’s Patient Safety Movement; Eisenhower Health; Bighorn Golf Club Charities; and Family YMCA of the Desert.

“We are thrilled to have the Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo kickoff the BNP Paribas Open and raise funds for local charities.” said Tommy Haas, BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director. “We are grateful to Rafa, Dominic, Milos and Gael for participating in a special evening that will be a terrific way to begin this year’s tournament.”

Tickets to the Eisenhower Cup presented by Masimo will go on-sale this Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at bnpparibasopen.com/eisenhower-cup.
 
Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

February 18, 2019

After the inauguration of the tennis centre, Rafa attended the reception to celebrate the opening of the resort complex where the tennis centre is located:
Pictured (first row, from left): Rafa's dad, Abel Matutes Prats (CEO of Palladium Hotel Group), Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez (the governor of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo), Rafa:

Screenshot

Palladium Hotel Group, a Spanish hotel chain based in the Balearic Island of Ibiza, is owned by Abel Matutes Prats's father (through his holding company), who has been mayor of Ibiza and served as Spain's foreign minister from 1996 to 2000. The Matutes family is very influential in Ibiza. The Nadal and Matutes families have had a friendly relationship for a long time.

Morning in the resort complex:

Screenshot

:)
 
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Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Mexico

February 18, 2019

After the inauguration of the tennis centre, Rafa attended the reception to celebrate the opening of the resort complex where the tennis centre is located:
Pictured (first row, from left): Rafa's dad, Abel Matutes Prats (CEO of Palladium Hotel Group), Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez (the governor of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo), Rafa:

Screenshot

Palladium Hotel Group, a Spanish hotel chain based in the Balearic Island of Ibiza, is owned by Abel Matutes Prats's father (through his holding company), who has been mayor of Ibiza and served as Spain's foreign minister from 1996 to 2000. The Matutes family is very influential in Ibiza. The Nadals and Matutes families have had a friendly relationship for a long time.

Morning in the resort complex:

Screenshot

:)
More photos:




:) Vamos Rafa!
 
Cozumel
Ahead of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, in Acapulco, ATP-500

February 19, 2019

Rafa was spotted in the island of Cozumel:

http://instagr.am/p/BuFRixCH5dL/
Cozumel lies just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The flight distance from Cancun to Cozumel is about 75 km/ 47 miles.
In Cozumel, he partially owns two resorts that are adjacent to each other and have tennis courts. He has practiced there many times.

Sunscape Sabor Cozumel & Secrets Aura Cozumel resorts he partially owns:


The hard court was resurfaced in the Rafa Nadal Academy (in Mallorca) color scheme after he became a co-owner of the resorts:


:)
 
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Cozumel
ahead of Abierto Mexicano Telcel, in Acapulco, ATP-500

February 19, 2019

Rafa was spotted in the island of Cozumel (Click the forward icon to see both pictures):

http://instagr.am/p/BuFRixCH5dL/
Cozumel lies just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The flight distance from Cancun to Cozumel is about 75 km/ 47 miles.
In Cozumel, he is a part owner of two hotels that are adjacent to each other and have tennis courts. He has practiced there many times.

:)
NIce rack
 
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."
Vigo is such a nice place!!!
I had to say it, I was born there
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
It is curious to say the least that Moya accompanies Nadal in Indian Wells and Miami and, on the contrary, is not with his pupil in anything less than the Tennis Cathedral, Wimbledon.
 
It is curious to say the least that Moya accompanies Nadal in Indian Wells and Miami and, on the contrary, is not with his pupil in anything less than the Tennis Cathedral, Wimbledon.
In Indian Wells, Rafa has always been accompanied by Francisco Roig (Toni didn't travel to Indian Wells). I don't think that Roig's travel schedule has changed. Last year, Roig accompanied Rafa at Wimbledon. I think, he will again accompany Rafa there in 2019. Moya will accompany Rafa at Roland Garros and USO.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
In Indian Wells, Rafa has always been accompanied by Francisco Roig (Toni didn't travel to Indian Wells). I don't think that Roig's travel schedule has changed. Last year, Roig accompanied Rafa at Wimbledon. I think, he will again accompany Rafa there in 2019. Moya will accompany Rafa at Roland Garros and USO.
Moya is with Nadal in Australia, Paris and New York.
It is rare that he does not accompany him in Wimbledon.
 
Translated by nou.amic for VamosBrigade.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/junio ... cidos.html


Tennis for social integration in India

The Rafa Nadal Foundation promotes the social cohesion of youngsters in one of the poorest areas in India


By Elisabet Claus 29/01/2019

In India, around 38 million children between the ages of 6 and 13 years old do not attend primary school. This data comes from the last census, in 2011, which showed that 20% of young Indians have never received basic primary education.

Of the youngsters who do not go to school, more than 3 million have worked at some time or another, not forgetting those children and adolescents who do household tasks and other unpaid work

The Rafa Nadal Foundation attempts to alleviate the lack of access to education in the city of Anantapur. In collaboration with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, the Rafa Nadal Foundation attends to boys and girls from various disadvantaged communities in one of the poorest parts of India.

The education system in India

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister after Indian independence and the promoter of the basic principles of the Indian education system: plurality, secularism and excellence in university education.

The objective was for universal education, together with industrial development, to be the motor for India's development.

Despite Nehru's ideals, at present, a very high proportion of children drop out of (or miss out on) school and it is even more necessary than ever to make parents aware of the need for education for their children and, above all, for their daughters.

Nadal Educational Tenis School

The Fundación Rafa Nadal set up its Nadal Educational Tenis School (NETS) in Anantapur.

Girls and boys from several disadvantaged communities are catered for in this centre with the aim of strengthening social cohesion and integration, regardless of their caste or gender.

NETS is not just tennis, there is much more to it. The children are given academic reinforcement (English and computer studies) there and are provided with nutritional supplements to make their daily diet more complete and with services such as basic health cover.

Harasimhulu, the father of one NETS pupil, is very pleased with the initiative and the benefits it brings to the community. "Ever since he started attending the centre, my son is happier, more active and more eager to do things," he explained.

There are more than 200 children every course who are able to enjoy and take advantage of the chance to grow through tennis in a healthy environment and with opportunities as regards their future.
 
It is curious to say the least that Moya accompanies Nadal in Indian Wells and Miami and, on the contrary, is not with his pupil in anything less than the Tennis Cathedral, Wimbledon.
Roig is a great coach I don't think Rafa misses anything by not having Moya at Wimbledon. At this stage of Rafa's career, I don't think you can describe him as a 'pupil' of his coach. The coach is there to support him on and off the court. Yes, they do suggest ways he can improve certain aspects of his game and help him to do so but Moya doesn't have to hold his hand through tournaments. Most of the preparation is done before they get to the tournament.

Rafa could have won Wimbledon last year; the SF against Djokovic could have gone either way and he would have beaten Anderson in the final.
 
Cozumel

February 20, 2019
Party

Antonio Arenas, the director of communications at Rafa's academy in Mallorca, celebrated his birthday at the Secrets Aura Cozumel resort. He didn't reveal his guests (click the forward icon to see the party table), but obviously the Rafa team was among them:
http://instagr.am/p/BuIa1KYgpFE/
A.Arenas is also the director of communications for the Madrid Masters (since 2015) and works as a commentator for Eurosport's Spanish-language channel during GS tournaments.

On Monday, he attended the inauguration of Rafa's tennis centre in Costa Mujeres (pictured with Rafa's sister and Rafa's agent Carlos Costa):
http://instagr.am/p/Bt63UTRgpIu/
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Just picked this up on twitter,

Rafa Forever replied
9-7 in the 5th
9-7 in the 5th
@97InThe5th
SOME STAT

Djokovic playing 2 GS on Hard, 10 titles.
Rafa playing 1 GS on Clay, 11 titles.

Djokovic playing 6 M1000 on Hard, 24 titles.
Rafa playing 3 M1000 on Clay, 24 titles.

Djokovic playing 2 Olympics on Hard, 1 Bronze.
Rafa playing 0 Olympics on Clay, 2 Golds.
12:36 PM · Feb 22, 2019 · Twitter Web Client
 
Cozumel

February 20, 2019
Party

Antonio Arenas, the director of communications at Rafa's academy in Mallorca, celebrated his birthday at the Secrets Aura Cozumel resort. He didn't reveal his guests (click the forward icon to see the party table), but obviously the Rafa team was among them:
http://instagr.am/p/BuIa1KYgpFE/
A.Arenas is also the director of communications for the Madrid Masters (since 2015) and works as a commentator for Eurosport's Spanish-language channel during GS tournaments.

On Monday, he attended the inauguration of Rafa's tennis centre in Costa Mujeres (pictured with Rafa's sister and Rafa's agent Carlos Costa):
http://instagr.am/p/Bt63UTRgpIu/
:)
The birthday party guests have been revealed. :) Rafa's team, his family and some other people celebrated Antonio Arenas's birthday on Wednesday:


The picture used in the tweet was posted by Rafa's coach Tomeu Salva on Instagram.
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