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Rafa & Mallorca Caprice MagazineRafa is featured on the cover of the Christmas issue of Mallorca Caprice, a lifestyle magazine, and in its cover story.
Rafael Nadal: ”Now we have to think about rebuilding everything and recovering our freedom”

Between packing and unpacking, institutional and private commitments and various trips, who is already considered the best Spanish athlete of all time, Rafa Nadal from Manacor, recently reincorporated to his training sessions in Mallorca, has been able to make a hole in his agenda to answer Mallorca Global’s questions on personal and sporting aspects, on how he faces the pandemic and combines it with the daily demands of the sport’s elite in one of its most successful seasons. Amid the great uncertainty surrounding the ATP calendar due to the coronavirus, his next match, the Australian Open, which was to be played in mid January, is delayed to February. This year’s calendar is complicated.

Has the pandemic altered your life a lot? What changes have you had to make, in your team, your training sessions, food, visits to family, friends…?

I believe that the pandemic has affected us all and has altered our lives in a remarkable way. It is clear that the first thought and the words are for those directly affected, who are those who were sick, those who are still sick, and especially the families of the many deceased who are not few. A tragedy. The rest is relative and that we have to change routines, that we have suffered alterations in our lives, in the end that goes to the background. Now we have to think about rebuilding everything, that people heal, that the pandemic ends and that we can recover our freedom.

How and with whom does a global leader like you isolate himself due to COVID-19? How many times have you had to do PCR tests?

It is impossible to isolate yourself completely in a world like sports. After all, you are in competition and in contact with people. We maintain strict prevention and safety standards and it is true that we do a lot of PCR checks every 3/4 days at tournaments.

So far in this sense everything has gone well and we have been fortunate to be able to compete.

I suppose that your balance of the season, despite being different, will be positive, given the results, right?

Of course it is an atypical season, where more than half the year we have been without competing, but, as I say, after all, fortunate compared to other sectors and even sports. But looking at the results, taking everything into account, I think it was a season where I managed to win Roland Garros in very different and complicated circumstances and where I was able to reach the 20 Grand Slams victories. Also very happy for the triumph in Acapulco at the beginning of the season and that it was the last tournament and last point played before the pandemic. [Nadal obtained in Acapulco 2020 the record of consecutive seasons -17- winning some title of the Open era].

Rafa Nadal is an indisputable benchmark of honour. But how many times have you thought about throwing in the towel due to injury, pressure or excessive dedication? – At what point in a game can you be defeated?

My career can be considered long due to the number of years on the circuit. But it is clear that I have gone through good times and others less good. Moments in which you have doubts, pain of everything, but everything is to overcome it. These are difficult moments, but also there the help of the closest people, family, team, friends counts a lot. And as regards the matches, in tennis the match does not end until the last point and you have to fight until the end because there is always the possibility of winning. Of course there are more complicated games, very complicated, but there is always an option.

Have you ever felt pressured by your environment?

Never. Quite the opposite. I have always had immense support from my family and my environment. I am very grateful for it and I think that is how it has to be, especially when you are a child and the only important thing is to have fun, giving always your best shot but having fun.

What do you value more: your head and ability to overcome or your physique?

I think that in the world of tennis everything goes together, it is not a question of one thing or another. Both have to go well combined to win games.

Do you enjoy tennis as much now as when it started to emerge?

I really enjoy the competition, I always liked it and I keep that passion intact.[/QUOTE]

 

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Rafa & Maria Francisca

Spain's Vanity Fair magazine of popular culture, fashion and current affairs writes that Rafa and Maria Francisca went Flanigan restaurant in Puerto Portals (about 12 km or 8 miles from Palma, the capital of Mallorca).

Translated from Spanish via Google (excerpts):
¤¤ Mery Perelló, with the platform sneakers that make her look seven centimeters taller

She has combined them with a very relaxed style, in black and white, to go out to eat with Rafa Nadal at one of the favorite restaurants of the royal family in Mallorca.
Mery Perelló does not usually attract attention for her outfits, or she may do so because of that discretion that characterizes her and that she transfers to her looks. This week, however, her shoes surprised, a black Hogan with the brand's 'H' in gold and a 5.5-centimeter platform with black and white stripes made of EVA rubber, a material that gives them lightness.
To this platform we should add the 1.8-centimeter removable insole that includes the maxi sneakers that increase the height of the wearer by more than 7 centimeters. In this case, Mery Perelló. ...
Perelló combines sneakers with an urban spirit with a perfect look, in black and white and as casual as sneakers deserve: leather pants (or leather effect), white shirt and long white wool jacket. A silver oval buckle belt and a quilted shopper bag with a chain handle are her only accessories to complete her sporty look, similar to the one chosen by Rafa Nadal, with a gray round neck sweater, skinny jeans and classic white Nike shoes, for eating out at a restaurant in Puerto Portals, Flaningan, with views of the Mediterranean Sea. The restaurant owned by Miguel Arias, a good friend of King Juan Carlos, is one of the places that the royal family is assiduous in visiting during their Mallorcan stays.¤¤








Restaurant Flanigan:

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octobrina10

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Here's to a Happy 2021 from Rafa
I add that the video titled "#Merry Christmas: We hope that in 2021 the screens will reflect our hugs (Translated via Google)" was created by Rafa's sponsor Telefonica.
Telefonica says in the video description: "In 2020, we have connected our lives thanks to screens. In 2021, we want the screens to reflect our hugs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" (Translated via Google.) :)
 

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Award

El Desmarque, a digital sports media company based in Sevilla (Spain), awarded Rafa the Sports Legend Award (Premio DEX Leyenda del deporte). The El Desmarque awards will be given out next Monday.

El Desmarque, a digital sports media company based in the town of Seville in Spain, held its annual award ceremony virtually tonigh (Monday). Rafa was presented with the Sports Legend Award (Premio DEX Leyenda del deporte).


The first tweet translated via Google:
ElDesmarque: ¤¤ Rami Aboukahir, CEO of Banco Santander, delivers the 'Legend Award' to Rafael Nadal: “As a tennis player he is a legend, as a person he is exceptional, unique. We are proud to have him with us.¤¤ (Banco Santander is Rafa's sponsor.)

The 2nd tweet translated via Google:
ElDesmarque: ¤¤ [Rafa says]: "I want to thank ElDesmarque for selecting me [to receive this award]. I am especially excited because it's about values. I've been trying my whole life to transmit positive values ”.
The award was delivered to Rafa by Banco Santander. ¤¤



 
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Rafa & Sponsor - Banco Santander

Banco Santander and Rafael Nadal wish you Merry Christmas:


Banco Santander says in the video description: "This year, we want to send our clients and friends a message of enthusiasm and hope with the help of a very special messenger: our ambassador Rafa Nadal.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021 to everyone!" (Translated via Google)

Rafa says at the end of the video: "This Christmas season is going to be tough and above all different from any other in the past. Even so, together with Banco Santander, I want to wish you all Merry Christmas and the very best for 2021!" (Translated by Genny)


Santander's tweet below contains the same video.


Translated via Google:
Santander España: "After such a complicated year, it's time to look to the FUTURE with HOPE.

From Santander, we want to send you a MESSAGE of HOPE from our ambassador Rafael Nadal.

He embodies the values of RESILIENCE and OVERCOMING like no one else."

#Merry Christmas!



 
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Rafa & Sponsor - KIA

Translated via Google:
Kia tweets: "This has not been an easy year, but without a doubt those people who have always been there have made it more bearable.
Happy Holidays and a Happy 2021 from Rafael Nadal and Kia!!
For many more years together !!
#Merry Christmas


Rafa says in the video: "Hello everybody! First of all, I hope you all are healthy and able to celebrate this Christmas time as it deserves. It's been a very difficult year, very weird and I think it's been very tough for everybody. Personally, though, I'll take some of the positives I've been able to live this year, as being able to win RG again or extending my partnership with KIA till 2025, which is something very special to me since we've been together for almost a lifetime and are very close to the silver anniversary. I also want to take advantage of this message to wish you all the very best for 2021, above all lots of health, and I hope the new year brings a lot of joy to all of you. A big hug." (Translated by Genny)

 

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Rafa & Sponsor - KIA

Translated via Google:
Kia tweets: "This has not been an easy year, but without a doubt those people who have always been there have made it more bearable.
Happy Holidays and a Happy 2021 from Rafael Nadal and Kia!!
For many more years together !!
#Merry Christmas


Rafa says in the video: "Hello everybody! First of all, I hope you all are healthy and able to celebrate this Christmas time as it deserves. It's been a very difficult year, very weird and I think it's been very tough for everybody. Personally, though, I'll take some of the positives I've been able to live this year, as being able to win RG again or extending my partnership with KIA till 2025, which is something very special to me since we've been together for almost a lifetime and are very close to the silver anniversary. I also want to take advantage of this message to wish you all the very best for 2021, above all lots of health, and I hope the new year brings a lot of joy to all of you. A big hug." (Translated by Genny)

What a lucky sponsor of Rafa ! Kia picked Rafa since he was a teenager.
I remember he said "I prefer KIA" when he won a german open and a Mercedes super car, LOL.
It could have been perfect if Rafa won more Aussie Open where KIA is the main sponsor. :-D
 

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Christmas Time

Rafa is featured in the Christmas video titled "Never Surrender" by the Spanish football club Sevilla FC for his 13th Roland Garros triumph.
The football club says: “Sevilla FC wanted to send out a message of optimism and resilience for its Christmas campaign, in a year that is more than fitting for this due to the tremendous difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has generated in our society since the beginning of 2020. Under the motto Never surrender, Sevilla FC wants to convey that it is always possible, even when it seems impossible, if you really want something, because where there’s a will there’s a way.”


 

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Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

Translated via Google:
RNA: "Today we delivered all the non-perishable food you have donated during this month at the Academy to the Food Bank of Mallorca.
Your generosity will help many families have a little better holidays. Merry Christmas!"

Rafa's sister, who works at the marketing department of the Academy, is pictured with a representative of the Food Bank of Mallorca.


 

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Rafa Nadal Foundation

Maria Francisca, the director of Rafa's foundation, spoke to the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE about the foundation's project titled "Study and Play".
The project was created in 2015 to help young Spanish athletes obtain sports scholarships at the US universities and provide financial assistance for those who are unable to cover the full cost of higher education in the USA. To date, about 70 students have received grants.


Screenshot

Translated via Google:
RTVE: "Aina Domingo and Álvaro Gimeno enjoy a grant from the Rafa Nadal Foundation in the United States.
In a few days, Aina Domingo and Álvaro Gimeno will return to the United States. There they enjoy a grant from the Rafa Nadal Foundation to study and compete in the demanding university sport."

(y) to Rafa's foundation.
 

octobrina10

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Australian Open 2021

According to Diario de Mallorca, a daily newspaper, Rafa will travel to Melbourne on January 12.

He will probably be accompanied by Carlos Moya and physiotherapist Rafael Maymo. He plans to participate in one tournament before the Australian Open, probably in the ATP Cup.



:)
 

octobrina10

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Flashback


Roland Garros, Dec.28, 2020: ¤¤ It’s been a difficult year across the globe but the tennis world has helped provide some distraction with special moments and special players...

Autumnal Roland-Garros a roaring success
On the face of it, an Autumnal Roland-Garros was going to be a real challenge. With transformed grounds and retractable Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland-Garros was ready to roll.
The fortnight conjured up a catalogue of storylines and classics culminating in Rafael Nadal taking a customary 13th bite out of the Coupe de Mousquetaires.
His 100th Roland-Garros victory drawing him level at the top of the men’s all-time major leaderboard. It was 20-20 between Roger and Rafa, in 2020. You couldn’t write it…¤¤


Vamos Rafa!
 

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Award

Rafa was awarded the Sports Values 2020 award in the male athlete category by Iberian Press, a Spanish media company, and its newspaper Sport. The awards ceremony will take place on Jan 5, 2021 and will be broadcast on TV.



 

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ATP Cup in Australia

According to MARCA, a Spanish national daily sports newspaper, Spain's team of the 2021 ATP Cup includes: Rafa, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers.


Vamos!
 
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Let's welcome the year 2021, a season that could mean a positive change for fans of the Spanish tennis player.
Being the greatest winner of Grand Slam tournaments in history, the upper distinction in tennis, will elevate Rafael Nadal to the highest place, known in the jargon of this sport as the GOAT.
Cheers and happy new year to all of you!
:D:)(y)
 

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Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

Translated via Google:
RNA: "The 2021 tennis season begins in Spain! Tomorrow [Jan.3], the Rafa Nadal Academy kicks off the first of the five ITF tournaments by LG [sponsored by LG, a distributor of electronic products] that will be held at our facilities in Manacor [from Jan.3 to Feb.7]! VAMOS!!"

(y) to Rafa's academy!
 
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Poll

Rafa was voted the best Spanish male athlete
of the year by readers of MARCA, a Spanish national daily sport newspaper, for the 4th consecutive year. He received 67 percent of votes.
MARCA has conducted this annual poll since 2016. The newspaper's readers can vote for their favorites in six categories: the best Spanish male and female athlete, the best foreign male and female athlete, the best Spanish and the best foreign team.





 

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Award

Rafa was awarded the Sports Values 2020 award in the male athlete category by Iberian Press, a Spanish media company, and its newspaper Sport. The awards ceremony will take place on Jan 5, 2021 and will be broadcast on TV.


Rafa received the Sports Values 2020 award (in the male athlete category) from Prensa Iberica, Spanish media company, and its newspaper Sport. The awards ceremony was held virtually and broadcast on TV on Tuesday night. The award was presented to him by CEO of Banco Santander.


 

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MAN FOR THE MOMENT: WHAT RAFAEL NADAL MEANS TO THE GAME, AND HIS FANS

The Spaniard may not see himself as a role model, but his unique approach to sport and life has helped him forge a strong bond with his supporters.

By Steve Tignor

RAFAEL NADAL BEGAN HIS 13TH VICTORY SPEECH AT ROLAND GARROS THE WAY HE HAD BEGUN MOST OF HIS PREVIOUS 12. HE PAID TRIBUTE TO HIS OPPONENT, NOVAK DJOKOVIC. HE GAVE A SHOUT-OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND COACHING TEAM.

HE THANKED THE ORGANIZERS FOR STAGING A TOURNAMENT THAT HAD ONCE SEEMED CERTAIN TO BE CANCELED. OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT NADAL WAS SPEAKING THROUGH A PINK MASK, IT SEEMED LIKE BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THE KING OF CLAY

But as he reflected on what winning another title in Court Philippe-Chatrier meant to him, Nadal gazed around the sleekly renovated yet largely empty arena and thought about something else: the virus that had upended the world. Even tying Roger Federer with his 20th major singles title wasn’t enough to make Rafa forget that tennis trophies only mean so much right now.

“We are under very tough circumstances,” Nadal said, gripping the microphone a little tighter. “In some ways it is not that happy; we can’t celebrate the tournament in a normal way. I really hope when we are back [to Roland Garros] in June, we will be able to celebrate this amazing, beautiful new stadium with a full crowd here.”

For anyone who had followed Nadal’s reactions to the coronavirus pandemic, this sobering reality check didn’t come as a surprise. Of the top men’s players, he had been the most upfront about voicing his fears and frustrations. While Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev ignored quarantine rules, and Djokovic hosted a protocol-free exhibition and contracted the virus, Nadal stayed at home. He even declined to defend his US Open title.

“Do I want to compete?” he asked during an interview with sports daily, in April. The answer would have been obvious in the past, but in 2020 he had other, simpler priorities.

“I think now my wish is to see my whole family and my friends,” Nadal went on. “Make a party, go to the sea, swim a little bit, have the feeling of freedom. To hug someone.”

With his blend of common sense and positivity, of vigilance and warmth, Nadal would seem to be a model athlete for our jumpy, pandemic-stricken moment. Now that he has finally drawn level with Federer in the major-title chase, it also seems like a good time to reassess Rafa’s place in the game.


HAS FEDERER’S POPULARITY KEPT US FROM APPRECIATING WHAT NADAL MEANS TO HIS OWN SUPPORTERS?

Rafa draws people in with his gritty play and exuberant celebrations, yes—but he also does it with a philosophy that extends well beyond the court.

“I don’t know if I connected with the aesthetics of his game, but it’s the intangibles, the way he competes and carries himself,” says Bay Area sportswriter Chris Oddo. A fan of each of the Big Three, Oddo has written about the inspiring aspects of Nadal’s character.

“He shows his fears, his vulnerabilities—and then overcomes them, and you can relate to that. He spends 30 seconds to get his water bottles in exactly the right position, and then leaps out on court and just rips into the first point.”

For others, it has been satisfying to see the excitable, scissor-kicking teenager of his early years grow into a widely respected, and respectful, sportsman at 34.

“I became a fan when I saw him at the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing,” says Amy Tsao, a Brooklynite who has traveled from Indian Wells to Monte Carlo to watch Nadal play. “It was great to see this young character be so excited, chasing everything with this relentless tenacity. Now it’s great to see how much he has matured, the respect he shows to everyone, to see him go from this kid playing PlayStation to being a family man.”

Yet at the same time, Nadal hasn’t changed. From the start, beneath the tics and rituals, the sleeveless shirts and long hair, there was a young man with an unwavering sense of himself.

Nadal has never moved away from his native island of Mallorca, or the extended family that grounds him there. And he has stuck with the same approach to life that has worked so well for him since he was 17.

What is that approach, and what is its appeal? It can be summed up in a favorite word of Nadal’s: accept. Accept reality. Accept that nothing will be perfect or easy and that struggle and imperfection are normal. Accept what you’re called on to do.

As every tennis fan knows, Nadal’s taskmaster coach, his uncle Toni, drilled this stoical worldview into his head. But Rafa believes that his cooler, calmer, more upbeat father, Sebastian, is his true exemplar. If Toni taught him to accept reality, Sebastian, a successful businessman, showed him how to bend it to his will.

“What defines my father in his work is that he faces problems, finds solutions, gets the job done,” Nadal has said. “And there is where I think I take after him. My godmother says my father is by nature a winner, and that on court I have his character. I think that’s true. I’m the fighter in my ring, as my father is in his.”

Nadal is also willing to mix it up outside of that ring. He’ll accept a lot, but not something he thinks is wrong or unsporting. In the interests of maintaining peace on tour, Rafa could have kept his opinion of his frequent antagonist, Nick Kyrgios, to himself. But he hasn’t been shy about voicing his disapproval when he believes Kyrgios has disrespected the game, or him.

“I like that Rafa’s not a pushover, and he’s not diplomatic just to make friends,” another long-time Nadal fan from the U.S. says. “He’s not afraid of taking responsibility, and facing difficult things, and he knows what he thinks is right and wrong.”

While Nadal feels a sense of responsibility for the way the game is played, he doesn’t consider himself to be heroic. By not seeing himself as special or supernaturally gifted, he avoids the pressures that come with a lofty status.

“I’m a normal and common person,” he told El Espanol a few years ago. “I don’t see myself as a role model of anything. I’m a guy who plays tennis well…I have tried to have the right attitude on and off the court, but I make mistakes like everyone else.”

For many of his fans, though, it’s that sense of commonness, and commonality, that makes Rafa someone worth following in the first place.

“There were floods in Mallorca a couple of years ago, and there was Rafa helping shovel out the water alongside everyone else,” Oddo says. “It’s like, ‘I know who I am, now whose barn needs to be cleared out.’ You get a sense of community from him, and this down-home goodness.”

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THE WISDOM OF NADAL’S APPROACH WAS NEVER MORE APPARENT THAN AT ROLAND GARROS THIS PAST FALL.

The conditions in Paris seemed to be lined up against him: it was too cold, the tournament’s new balls were too heavy, and he had looked awful in a loss to Diego Schwartzman the previous week in Rome, his first tournament since February. But Nadal gathered all of those obstacles together and, like a hurdler staring down the track, used them as motivation.

“What you need is the right energy to accept every single thing, no?” he said the day before play started. “That’s what I am doing. Just stay positive knowing that the conditions are not perfect for me, maybe not perfect for others either, and accept that I going to need my best version to have chances.”

Two weeks later, he had avenged his loss to Schwartzman, cruised past Djokovic, and won his 20th Grand Slam title without dropping a set. Watching him show off his mastery of clay again, the easy way he moves and builds points, it was possible to wonder if we had become so awed by his statistics on the surface that we had ignored the beauty of his game on it.

“There’s a magic on clay that he produces,” says Tsao, who has become a convert to the surface because of Nadal. “The sliding and the fluidity. There’s this personality to Rafa’s game on clay.”

Over the last 15 years, Federer has been the world’s most idolized and imitated tennis player—you can see it in every flowing one-handed backhand that Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas hit. In 2020, though, two of the game’s fastest-rising stars, Andrey Rublev and Iga Swiatek, were lifelong Rafa fans.

“He was the only player I watched,” said the 19-year-old Swiatek after her run to the Roland Garros title in October. “It’s crazy for me because I watched every year how Rafa lifts this trophy, so it’s crazy that I’m in the same place.”

“For me,” said the 23-year-old Rublev, who sported a Nadal-style sleeveless Nike shirt as a kid, and won five tournaments in 2020, “Rafa is the best athlete in the world when it comes to psychological preparation.”

Now that he stands shoulder to shoulder with Federer in major titles, will Rafa’s influence continue to grow in the uncertain times ahead?

“The only thing that I can guarantee is I gonna be here,” Nadal said in Paris, when he was asked if sees himself as bringing a needed distraction to people’s lives. “Try my best every single day fighting, and trying to give to the people my best every single day, because in some way sport helps the people, no?”

Nadal doesn’t see himself as a role model, but we need to find strength where we can. Seeing him step up to the service line, bounce the ball slowly, gather himself and block everything out of his mind as he prepares to go to work, might make it a little easier for his fans to do the same.

https://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2021/01 ... ere/92060/
 
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