Rafael Nadal inaugurates tennis academy in Spanish hometown

Rafael Nadal was accompanied by long-time rival Roger Federer at the event in his hometown of Manacor.

By: AP | Mallorca | Updated: October 20, 2016 12:40 am
Switzerland's Federer holds a gift given by Spain's Nadal during the opening ceremony of the Rafa Nadal tennis academy in Manacor Rafa Nadal academy combines tennis training with schooling for players from the age of 12-18. (Source: Reuters)

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has inaugurated the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar on his home island of Mallorca.

Nadal was accompanied by long-time rival Roger Federer at the event in his hometown of Manacor.

The academy, which opened for business in June, combines tennis training with schooling for promising players from the age of 12-18. Among its goals is to help its students who don’t turn professional after leaving the academy to find scholarships to study at universities in the United States.

It is run by Rafael’s coach and uncle, Toni Nadal.