Welcome to the 'Nadal Tennis School'
Rafael Nadal's loss at the Shanghai Masters turned out to be India's gain as the World number one made full use of his spare time by flying down to India to inaugurate the Nadal Tennis School at the Anantapur Sports Village in Anantapur town of Andhra Pradesh.
Rafael Nadal's loss at the Shanghai Masters turned out to be India's gain as the World number one made full use of his spare time by flying down to India to inaugurate the Nadal Tennis School at the Anantapur Sports Village in Anantapur town of Andhra Pradesh.<br><br>After the trip, he posted on his Facebook account: <i>I am back home, after the trip to India. Very emotional. I am posting here pictures.</i><br><br>Here's a look at some of the pictures posted by Rafa.
Nadal, accompanied by his mother Ana Maria Parera, who is President of the Rafael Nadal Foundation, came to Anantapur on Saturday night from Bangalore.
The sports academy has been set up in collaboration with Fundacion Vincente Ferrer (FVF), the Spanish arm of the Rural Development Trust (RDT), an Anantapur-based NGO.
The academy was started by a Spanish priest, Father Vincent Ferrer, and aims to train under-privileged kids from Andrha Pradesh.
As of now the academy has three international class clay courts and Nadal inaugurated the central court.
Nadal was seen giving invaluable tips to some budding tennis players from the academy.
Nadal also interacted and played tennis with budding players.
The academy is also home to the Stick For India hockey project which is supported by many international hockey players.
The sports facility is likely to be further expanded besides efforts were on to bring in star hockey players from Australia and Spain, who are to visit the RDT stadium to offer training and for interaction.
Nadal also visited some nearby villages where the NGO runs centres for the visually-challenged and hearing-impaired and children with other disabilities.