Rafael Nadal held a minute’s silence at his academy on Thursday to pay respect to the 10 people who lost their lives and the three who remained missing following severe flash-flooding on his native Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca.
The 32-year-old sporting icon led the solemn act at his academy in his hometown of Manacor, which is just kilometers from the epicenter of the deadly flash flooding that engulfed the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and nearby villages late Tuesday.
During the tragedy, Rafa opened the doors of his training center to host families displaced by the adverse weather conditions and personally helped with the clean-up efforts the following day.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner was joined for the minute of silence by his uncle, former trainer and director of the academy, Toni Nadal, as well as the tennis player’s current coach Carlos Moyá, fellow Mallorcan tennis player Jaume Munar, academy employees and students.
I send you my prayers x🙏🙏
So sorry to hear and see the devistation and I am praying for the victims.
I so respect Rafa for helping them and opening his school for them.
So saddened to hear about this tragedy on Rafa’s beloved homeland. So terrible for those families who lost their loved ones. I wish all of them positivity and strength to cope and recover from this.
Such a beautiful sense of community and charity demonstrated by Rafa and his team as always.
All the best and hope all recovery efforts go smoothly!
Thank you for all that you are doing in Mallorca. Rafael Nadal is a leader who respects and honours his fellow man. While we see him as a champion sportsman, we also acknowledge him as a kind and generous person. We have
witnessed so much ugliness in the world of late-merci, Rafa, for showing us
inspiring moments that restore our faith in humanity.❤️👏🙏
What a gent on and off the court.
Such a wonderful human being,we love you Rafa!X
I would expect nothing less from Rafa. Such a kind soul. My heart goes out to all the families affected during this sad time.
Very sad situation for the people on Mallorca. Wish them a lot of strenght and all the best.
He is an icon for human rights… so caring and kind. to all the people al over the world… i so respect him for this welcome of people to his home town…. Kate Barnes High Point .NC usa…