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Rafael Nadal opens tennis academy in Madrid

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11-30-2016 16:03 BJT

In Madrid, Spanish Tennis star Rafael Nadal has launched his new academy. The 30-year-old has already started similar initiatives in his home town of Monacor and has high hopes this latest project in Spain's capital can get more youngsters involved with the game.

The 14-time Grand Slam champ hopes those who attend, the creatively named, Rafael Nadal  academy can pursue their sporting ambitions as well as improve different aspects of their lives away from tennis.

Nadal has stressed it won't just be about action on court and wants to involve and all-round educational curriculum.

The Spaniard was forced to cut his 2016 season short in October after the Shanghai Masters because of a wrist injury but is looking to get back on court in December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi in time for the build up to the 2017 Australian open. 

Nadal said, "The academy itself is something special. It has great sentimental value for us because we've worked hard on it, and it's built basically on the hard day-to-day work."

"The fact is that myself and my team have experienced tennis through all its stages, therefore we do understand what young people need, not only regarding tennis but also on a personal and human level."

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