Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera was born in the 3rd of June, 1986 in Manacor, Spain. He is currently ranked World’s Number1 in men’s singles professional Tennis by the Association of tennis professionals. Known as “King of Clay”, he is regarded as the greatest amongst the clay court players of tennis. Rafael Nadal has won 16 Grand Slam single titles, 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, 19 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, 10 French Open Titles, 3 US open Titles, 2 Wimbledon Titles, 1 Australian Open Title and 2008 Olympic Singles Gold Medal. In 2011, Rafael Nadal was named The Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
Rafael Nadal has a foundation named Fundacion Rafal Nadal, which undertakes several philanthropic works and is headed by his mother Anna Maria Parera. Rafal Nadal has a tennis academy for underprivileged children at Anantapur Sports Village in the Anantapur City of Andhra Pradesh. Now Rafal Nadal is working on bringing a sprawling Tennis Academy at Patch reef Park in Boca Raton. This will be his first Academy outside his hometown of Manacor, Spain. The plan is to make Patch reef Park into an all encompassing Tennis complex with at least 37 indoor courts, facilities for teaching and tournaments as well. Rafal Nadal’s Tennis Academy in Mallorca, Spain guarantees best coaches and best technical team in Tennis field. The Academy combines tennis and education to ensure that the aspiring players don’t miss out on their academic progress. However, the new Academy in Boca Raton has drawn an outcry as the park is meant for public use.
By: Madhuchanda Saxena