Nadal: Academy is a dream come true
It's an important moment of my career
Rafael Nadal has won 69 titles in his career, including nine Roland Garros crowns, but his new academy is perhaps his greatest achievement
The 14-time Grand Slam champion officially opened the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in his home town of Manacor last week.
With 26 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a fitness centre, two swimming pools, mini-football pitches, 10 padel tennis courts as well as an international school, pro shop, restaurant and sports clinic, the academy took nearly two years to complete.
The team of coaches are directed by Nadal’s uncle and long-time coach Toni, while the 30-year-old's Grand Slam trophies are on display in the museum situated on the complex.
“It's an important moment of my career,” said Nadal. “A lot of years dreaming about having something like this. Finally that dream came true.”
Nadal may already be thinking about expanding his empire, but he says there was only ever going to be one location for his academy.
“I don't know if it's going to be my last academy but for me the most important thing is to build the first one here,” he says. “It's where I live, where I'm going to live and it's the only chance to really be involved with the project. Having the academy here. I'm here every day so I can see, I can be close to the kids, I can be close to the coaches.”
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