Where most of the players continued playing exhibitions, World No.2 Rafael Nadal invested his time to personally oversee the training of the students at his academy.
Nadal, who himself never attended an academy while growing up, has made a world-class professional training available for all the aspiring tennis players in his Rafael Nadal’s academy that are located in Manacor and was started officially in the year 2016.
There are millions who have benefited from the Spaniard’s infinite experience and knowledge of the game, amongst those are siblings Miko and Alex Eala who are the latest beneficiaries of the teachings at Rafa’s academy.
The siblings’ duo from the Philippines has already made a mark on junior tour already, while Alex won the Australian Open junior doubles, Miko has qualified to play Division I tennis at Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Now, both of them hope to make waves on the professional circuit someday.
The siblings are now stuck in Spain due to lockdown but have made full use by learning the tricks of the trade directly from the 19 time Grand Slam champion, and has even observed Nadal’s behavior from closer quarters.
“He’s not cocky, he’s not arrogant. Especially for all fhe things he has achieved in his career, it takes a lot of character and personality to be as humble as he is,” said Alex Eala.
“The biggest thing I learned siguro (for sure) is to appreciate everything that you have,” Miko Eala said.
All the statements prove Rafael’s down to earth nature and his depth that has taught these youngsters.