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Practice in Mallorca


March 18, 2023


Yaroslav Demin (17 y.o.) is a RNA player.

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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

Diario de Mallorca tweeted: “Rafa Nadal expands his business to event tourism at his Mallorca academy.” (Translated from Spanish via Google)

Diario De Mallorca, March 20, 2023; translated from Spanish via Google:

¤¤ The Rafa Nadal Academy expands its business in event tourism in Mallorca

The sports center of the tennis player, who had already made a space for himself in the MICE [MICE = Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions] segment, will contribute to his expansion towards the interior of the island.

The Rafa Nadal Academy expands its offer for event tourism, aimed at groups and companies at the tennis player's sports center in Manacor, in Mallorca. It is going to add new complementary products and services in the MICE to its accommodation offer, thus contributing to its expansion throughout the interior of the island.

According to Desarrollo, the sports center that Rafa Nadal has been building in Mallorca since 2016 is gradually becoming a kind of sports city with healthy habits and a focus on education, hotels and MICE tourism, with the upcoming opening of rooms and spaces for all kinds of events, filming and recording with the capacity to hold up to 400 people.

Thus, the Rafa Nadal Academy becomes one more option for corporate tourism to travel to the interior of the island beyond the centrality occupied by Palma [the capital of Mallorca.]

Brightness, panoramic views of the academy, large LED screens, audiovisual system and various gastronomic options offer each of the various spaces.

At the recent Berlin Tourism Fair, Pedro Miguel Mota, a member of the Rafa Nadal Academy's Commercial Department, spoke with strategic partners about promoting these new facilities linked to the MICE segment.

The new proposal has two auditoriums (large room and small room), a conference room for meetings and presentations; a restaurant with an outdoor terrace ideal for cocktails, coffee breaks or finger food ), a 1,215-square-meter covered track for events, filming and recording; a central court for large ceremonies and the Rafa Nadal Museum for gala or company dinners.

Each room offers the possibility of adapting to different formats: school, theater, banquet, U-shaped format and cocktail.

In addition to all these multipurpose spaces, the academy coordinates Mediterranean lunches and dinners at the Sa Punta restaurant on the Port Verd cove, in Son Servera, with views of the sea and the coast. It is one of the tennis player's favorite restaurants on the island. [The restaurant belongs to the extended Nadal family.]

The expansion of the MICE spaces for corporate tourism are added to the 102 rooms and three suites of the Nadal Academy. ¤¤

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octobrina10

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Flashback​


A picture of Rafa climbing to celebrate winning the 2008 Wimbledon final with his family in the stands is included in The Guardian’s 50 iconic images from sports history:

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Spain's crown prince Felipe and princess Letizia (the current King and Queen of Spain) also watched Rafa's match from the stands and congratulated him:
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Rafael Nadal’s 912 straight weeks in the Top 10 says as much about his game as any of his other records​

Fourteen Roland Garros titles obviously says a lot about Rafa; 18 straight years in the Top 10 might say even more.
A very long era ended on Monday, when Rafael Nadal dropped out of the Top 10. Normally this kind of thing isn’t news. Even if you’re a certified legend like Rafa, all it takes is one injury to send you tumbling from that rarefied ranking tier. The computer doesn’t know or care how famous you are.

Somehow, for nearly 18 years, that never happened to Nadal. He entered the Top 10 for the first time on April 24, 2005, and didn’t leave until March 20, 2023. That’s 912 consecutive weeks—124 more than the next best male player in that regard, Jimmy Connors. Roger Federer comes in third with 734, Ivan Lendl fourth with 619, Pete Sampras fifth with 565, and Novak Djokovic sixth with 555. That’s right, even Federer and Djokovic had their ranking dips. Federer’s streak ended in 2016 after knee surgery. Djokovic’s came to a halt in 2017 because of elbow problems.

Of the three, though, Nadal has missed the most playing time. His knees, his foot, his wrist, his abs, his hip, his hamstring: You name it, he has probably hurt it. But until now he always had a reserve of ranking points large enough to keep him afloat for the 52 weeks that they remain on your record.

How did he amass those points? He did it by winning at least one major title, usually at Roland Garros, in 15 different seasons, the most among men in the Open era. He did it by winning 36 Masters 1000 titles, second to Djokovic. He did it by winning 82.9 percent of his matches, also second to Djokovic. When Nadal played, he won; he rarely, if ever, had an extended run of early-round losses.

He did it most all by making sure that, whatever ailed him the rest of the season, he was recovered and ready for the clay swing. During that two-month period, he piled up wins, titles and points with metronomic and unflagging efficiency. Nadal has won 91.3 percent of his matches on clay, the highest of any man on any surface. In 2012, when he won for the seventh time in Paris and passed Bjorn Borg for the most men’s titles there, he was rightfully crowned the King of Clay. Then he went on and won seven more French Opens. He missed the tournament once, as an 18-year-old in 2004, and didn’t miss it again.

Still, Rafa’s record isn’t only about his clay prowess. After all, his most recent Roland Garros title, from last June, still counts toward his ranking, and it isn’t enough to keep him in the Top 10. As dominant as he has been on clay, he could never be tagged as a surface specialist. From 2006 to 2011, he made five Wimbledon finals. In 2009, he reached the first of his six Australian Open finals. In his 30s, he won his third and fourth US Open titles. Along with Djokovic, he’s the only man in the Open Era to win all four major titles twice.

“Is he a Top 10 player?” is the question that’s asked of every up-and-coming tennis talent. It’s a basic standard of excellence, and to climb that high even for one week is an achievement to tell the grandkids about. Nobody, I’m pretty sure, has ever asked, “Could he be a Top 10 player every week for 17 straight years?”

Nadal has a few bonkers ranking records of his own. He’s the only man to be ranked No. 1 in three different decades, and he has spent more time in the Top 2—a colossal 596 weeks—than any other man. But the consecutive weeks in the Top 10 record may be the most characteristic of him. Like everything with Rafa, it’s partly about his clay-court dominance. But staying in the Top 10, every single week, for so many years, is also about all-around excellence, about never taking a match off, about never suffering through slumps, about beating the opponents you should beat 99 percent of the time, about proving yourself over and over again, about defying age.

Fourteen Roland Garros titles obviously says a lot about Rafa; 18 straight years in the Top 10 might say even more.
 
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Rafa Nadal Foundation

Rafa’s foundation named the winners of its first awards.

The RN Foundation website: ¤¤ The Rafa Nadal Foundation promotes the 1st Rafa Nadal Foundation Awards thanks to the alliance with Telefónica [a Spanish multinational telecommunications company headquartered in Madrid].
The awards seek to recognize and highlight the best projects and social initiatives and each award-winning entity will receive an economic endowment of €15,000 to contribute to the development of the winning project.
The alliance between the Rafa Nadal Foundation and Telefónica makes it possible to promote this new initiative of the 1st Rafa Nadal Foundation Awards, organized by the Foundation itself and with the special participation of UNESCO. This commitment will extend for the next three years.
The awards seek to recognize and highlight the best projects and social initiatives, framed in 5 different categories:
1. Sport
2. Education
3. Health & Wellness
4. Social Innovation
5. International cooperation

Rafa’s mother, the president of his foundation, was a member of the jury:
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Rafa attended the award ceremony of the 1st edition of the Rafa Nadal Foundation Awards held in Palma, the capital of Mallorca on Monday evening.

The awards recognize the best projects and social initiativies in 5 categories:
1. Sport
2. Education
3. Health & Wellness
4. Social Innovation
5. International cooperation ¤¤

Preparations for the award ceremony:


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Rafa poses with the award winners, the President of Telefónica (José María Álvarez-Pallete) and a representative of UNESCO:

Maria Francisca (the 3rd from the right in the back row), the director of Rafa's foundation, also posed with important people:
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Via Ultima Hora

A recap video:


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