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Rafael Nadal Lays First Brick For His Academy

Rafael Nadal laid the first brick of his tennis school in Manacor, his hometown on the island of Majorca, which is expected to open in the summer of 2016 and house 140 boys and girls each year.

The aim of the tennis school, where Rafa plans to work when he retires, is to “bring the best” out of young players, but above all to “prepare them for the future” on a human and academic level because becoming a professional is an objective very few achieve.

“The main thing is to educate them as persons”, said Rafa after planting the first stone of the “Rafa Nadal Academy”, which will have a floor area of 258,000 Sq ft and 18 tennis courts, a school and a residence for young players from around the World.

Source: La Prensa

Rafael Nadal makes People’s Sexiest Man Alive list

While “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth has won the title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Rafael Nadal also has been listed among the magazine’s annual list of hunky guys.

To be honest, we are not surprised at all to see Rafa’s name on the list of the hottest guys from Spain because we know our champ is not only good looking, but also one of the most humble, down-to-earth, and classiest men.

Rafa Roundup: Nadal would love to have more than two kids

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The recovery is going well. Obviously, I haven’t practised yet. But I’m happy with how the operation went and I’m trying to be ready and healthy for 1st December, when I can start practising again. I won’t be 100 per cent when I start practising again. But the most important thing is that I will be healthy enough to practise every day and I will have one month to try to be 100 per cent and to try and fix my level of tennis. I hope to arrive in Doha being competitive.”

Djokovic, who won the season-finale in London on Sunday after Roger Federer withdrew with a back injury, finished the year as world number one for the third time in four years and the Mallorcan praised the Serb’s consistency over the last 12 months. “He is a fantastic player,” Nadal said. “He deserves to be where he is because he hasn’t had an injury for a long time and that’s very important for a tennis player. He is an amazing player so he deserves it.”

I am very happy to return to Barcelona to participate in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, a very special tournament for me as it is held at my club, the Real Club Tenis Barcelona,” said Nadal, who will start preparing for the upcoming tennis season in the next days after he has fully recovery from an appendicitis surgery he underwent on 3 November.

Soy muy familiar. Me encantan los niños. Mi ilusión y mi intención es tener más de dos hijos, pero a día de hoy es un tema de tiempos, de preferencias, de cómo te lleva la vida. Sigo viviendo con mis padres…

El tenista y el golfista se verán las caras los próximos 29 y 30 de noviembre en la segunda edición del torneo de golf solidario Olazábal & Nadal Invitational que tendrá lugar en el campo Pula Golf de Mallorca. Una competición única que busca recaudar fondos para luchar contra la exclusión social, haciendo hincapié en los más pequeños.

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Rafa Roundup: Nadal wishes Federer a speedy recovery

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“It will be 10 or 12 days before I can practice again, so [I] will have all of December to try to put my body and my tennis at the right level to be competitive in January. I am going to work for it, that is my goal,” said Nadal. … “I saw a little bit, but not a lot, the matches were too quick to see,” said Nadal, who had “no opinion” on the reported row between Federer with Davis Cup team-mate Wawrinka, who are said to have clashed following a tense semi-final. … “The only thing which is negative is for a tournament in London to have no final is bad news for everybody, for the tournament, for the fans, for all the world of tennis, and especially for Roger. I wish him a quick recovery.

“It seems strange to me, as Davis Cup captain, that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and the federation, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd,” Nadal said.  Nadal said federation president Jose Escanuela was in his “right” to appoint Leon captain, but “it seems unfair to me that they have wanted to shift the issue to a place that is evidently a clear issue of populism.

Rafael Nadal flew to London on Tuesday to put his training to the test… his poker training, that is. Rafa played a Poker Stars match against Ronaldo, beating the legendary football star to win $50,000 for the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

“I had a great coach,” Nadal said, when asked how he managed to pick up poker so quickly, despite still competing at the highest level. “He gave me the opportunity to learn more about the poker game. It really helped me a lot. When you learn more and more about this game, you enjoy playing it more. You understand that it’s not a game of luck. There is luck in some moments, but in general the best players will win.”

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins poker match against Ronaldo

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal beat former Brazilian international footballer Ronaldo in a charity poker match in London on Tuesday. Our champ secured the $50,000 cheque for the Rafa Nadal Foundation. See the photos:

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Rafa Roundup: Nadal to play in Abu Dhabi and Doha

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“It’s unfortunate that I had to miss the end of this season, but the time off will allow me to become even more focused on what I want to accomplish in 2015. I have missed a couple of opportunities to play big competitive matches now so playing in Abu Dhabi in January for me is really important.”

When Nadal returned from a seven-month layoff in early 2013, he roared back to win two majors and end the season No. 1. Most expect Nadal, 28, to return as competitive as ever. But adding to his 14 major titles will depend on how his body holds up. “If he’s healthy, it’s hard to see him not winning a few more,” McEnroe said.

“He sabido dar a los otros la libertad y la flexibilidad de decirme lo que creían. Todos se han sentido libres de decirme cuándo las cosas las hago bien y cuando mal. Es la mayor virtud que he tenido (…) Tener el mismo equipo durante tantos años hace que me conozcan bien, que sepan lo que necesito en cada momento. Una gran suerte”.

“Hace dos semanas que me operé de apendicitis y llevo algún punto todavía. Jugaré en Abu Dabi a principios de enero y luego disputaré mi primer torneo oficial -del 3 al 10 de enero en Doha en Catar“, señaló Nadal en un acto del Banco Sabadell.

El representa una compilación de una espectacular escuela española. Aúna mucha lucha con una determinación espectacular, inexplicable. Un poder de reacción y un desarrollo táctico que incluso te gana jugando peor. Es un tipo de jugador que demuestra la gran calidad del tenis español con muchas variables, dispuesto a aprender siempre. Su cabeza me fascina porque cuando levanta el trofeo de Roland Garros cada año, ya está pensando en esos momentos como va a ganarlo otra vez al año siguiente.

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Rafael Nadal finishes the season as world No. 3

Rafael Nadal by Nando Esteva

Rafael Nadal by Nando Esteva

In the latest ATP Ranking list as of Monday, November 17, Rafael Nadal is ranked third and he’ll finish the season with 6,835 points. Novak Djokovic (11,510) and Roger Federer (9,700) still keep positions 1 and 2.

Here’s the ATP World Tour year-end Top 10:

Rank, Name & Nationality Points Week Change Tourn Played
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 11,510 0 18
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 9,700 0 19
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 6,835 0 19
4 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI) 5,295 0 19
5 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 5,025 0 22
6 Murray, Andy (GBR) 4,675 0 22
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 4,665 0 24
8 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 4,440 0 21
9 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 4,150 0 25
10 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,045 0 26

We all wish Rafa well and hope for a good recovery. Hope to see him in full form in January! Vamos!

Rafael Nadal Hits 7 Million Twitter Followers

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World No. 3 Rafael Nadal has become the first tennis player to attract 7 million followers on Twitter, blasting through that landmark number on Friday.

Rafa uses his Twitter page to update his fans, in both Spanish and English, about his news on and off the court and to share photos and videos. He also uses his Twitter page to spread awareness about his organization, The Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Congratulations Rafa, on yet another victory! We’re proud to be a part of the Rafa Family!

WATCH: Kids send message of support to Rafael Nadal

If Rafael Nadal was seeking emotional support through his recovery process, he just got some from a group of very young kids (who have taken part in the program Integration and Sport’). Watch it now:

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