Rafael Nadal has opened the doors of his tennis academy to aid those affected by the recent flash floods in Majorca.
Torrential storms hit the area on Tuesday, with eight inches of rain falling in just four hours, and at least nine people are believed to have been killed in the disaster.
On Wednesday, the world number one – who hails from the island – posted on Twitter to say his academy was open to anyone in need of a place to stay.
Today is a sad day in Majorca. Our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those who died from the floods of San Llorenc. Today we offer the rooms of the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre and Academy for all the affected ones that need accommodation.
(AFP) – Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya has indicated the world number one is targeting a return from injury next month at the Paris Masters.
Rafa has not played a match since retiring from the US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro three weeks ago, due to a problem in his right knee.
After missing Spain’s Davis Cup semi-final defeat by France, Rafa then announced his withdrawal from tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai.
But Moya, who has coached Rafa since 2016, believes his player may be ready in time for the Paris Masters, which runs from October 29 to November 4. After that, the ATP Finals in London begins on November 11.
“We do not have deadlines, if everything goes well and everything is in order, we understand that he may be fine for Paris-Bercy,” Moya told Television Espanola on Friday.
“If it’s not Paris, it will be London and if not, then next year.”
Rafa’s absence leaves his position at the top of the world rankings vulnerable to a late push from Novak Djokovic.
Moya, however, insisted holding onto the top spot is not on Nadal´s mind.
“Right now, no,” Moya added.
“A month or month and a half ago, probably yes, but when you have an injury the top priority is to recover from that injury.”
The team behind a new restaurant backed by Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pau Gasol and Enrique Iglesias said they chose London as the location because the city has “the hottest culinary scene in the world”.
Cult Ibizan restaurant Zela is opening its first restaurant outside the White Isle in the ME London Hotel in Aldwych later this month — with all its celebrity investors making plans to attend the opening.
A press release said it hoped “to make its mark on the city’s culinary and nightlife map, for London’s foodies and the international jet-set alike, with exotic menus and vibrant atmosphere.”
The new venue is the second outpost for the Zela brand – the flagship restaurant opened in Ibiza in May last year.
Michelin-recognised chef Ricardo Sanz has been announced as the “gastronomic director”, and has called the food on offer “meppon cuisine” – Japanese techniques applied to Mediterranean ingredients and traditions.
The menu will feature fresh fish and seafood; raw dishes including tatakis, tartares, sashimi, sushi and tiraditos; and classic dishes like pork gyoza. Available on opening night will be dishes such as tiradito of scallops with Ibizan sobrasada and butterfish nigiri with white truffle.
Mr Matutes said: “The food scene is the best, the hottest in the world. It had to be here. London is the perfect place to bring the Ibiza concept to. All of our backers are very involved and are real foodie guys. Cristiano and Rafael in particular love London.”
It’s official now. Rafael Nadal will miss Spain’s Davis Cup semifinal series against France next weekend.
While some tennis journalists reported that Rafa is facing one month on the sidelines after suffering a small lesion in his patellar tendon, his agent Benito Perez-Barbadillo posted on Twitter that it is too early to speculate about his process of recovery and there is no need to speculate will our champ or not play in Beijing and Shanghai.
Miguel Díaz, president of the Spanish Tennis Federation said:
Now it only remains to wish that Rafa recovers soon, his commitment to our Davis Cup team has been maximum, but unfortunately he will not be able to be with us in Lille, we still have full confidence in the captain and our team.
Pablo Carreño Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos, Feliciano López and Marcel Granollers will line up for Spain against France on September 14-16.
Just recovering from the @ThiemDomi@RafaelNadal match last night. One of the best matches Ive ever seen in my life. The fitness level and mental toughness in those conditions for 4:45 mins is just crazy. Absolute epic!