PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal visits Aspire Academy in Doha

Rafael Nadal visited the Aspire Academy in Doha to speak with students, advise them, and answer questions about his own experiences. He was welcomed by director Ivan Bravo, who heads the institution that develops young Qatari athletes to excel in national teams. The students were thrilled to receive Rafa at their academy.  Mr. Bravo said it was an honor for them to have Rafa visit: “He represents the highest values intrinsic to sporting excellence such as passion, hard work, discipline, determination, fair play, humility, and generosity. He is the world’s number one player, but he’s also an inspiring figure for millions of young sportsmen around the world. We tell our talented players that if there is one person they can look up to, try to learn from, and imitate, then Rafa is that person. He is a wonderful role model.”*

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