Rafael Nadal, the famous Spanish tennis player, recently visited the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center in Kassandra, on the Halkidiki Peninsula in Greece.
Nadal was pictured being shown the facilities of his academy, which is located at the Sani Resort, and interacting with young fans who train at the facility.
The famous tennis player, who is the winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, operates a number of tennis centers that complement the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. The Rafa Nadal Centers are located in Cancún, Mexico, and Halkidiki, Greece.
Rafael Nadal’s Academy in Greece
During his trip to Greece on Wednesday, the tennis superstar was given a tour of the facilities which opened in 2019. Tennis fans and the parents of children who train at the center shared their joy on social media at having had the chance to meet their sporting hero.
One user on Instagram posted: “had to share my youngest daughter Sadie getting to ask Rafael a question at Sani after we caught a tennis ball he hit into the crowd. Genuinely nice guy who spent loads of time signing about a zillion tennis balls and taking endless photos with fans.”
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Located at the Sani Resort, a stunning complex comprising more than 400 hectares, the “Rafa Nadal Tennis Center” includes eight clay courts. Tennis instruction at the luxurious complex is available to players of all ages and skill levels.
According to the official website, “The goal is to provide high-quality tennis coaching so that guests and residents of the area can play and take classes as part of various programs that are customized according to the different player profiles.”
The website further explains that these programs have been created using a unique training system developed by Rafael Nadal and his coaching team over 15 years of professional touring.
The coaching staff at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center undergo an intensive training stage in Manacor to ensure coaching excellence, learning the methodology used at the Rafael Nadal Academy by Movistar.
Tennis in Greece
No doubt, the visit of Rafael Nadal to Greece will be a cause for considerable excitement among Greek tennis fans. Over the past decade or so, the popularity of the sport has been steadily growing in the country.
In terms of professional players, Greece has produced some notable talents in the world of tennis. One of the most prominent Greek tennis players is Stefanos Tsitsipas. In 2021, he was ranked as the third-best player in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Tsitsipas is the highest-ranking Greek player in tennis history alongside Maria Sakkari, who also achieved the rank of third-best in the world last year.