Rafael Nadal wrote a letter confirming
that his academy in Majorca will continue to care for the students
during the Covid-19 pandemic.
With a host of young players living and training on-site at the academy, the 19-time Grand Slam champion has been involved in overseeing
the welfare of those on-site and ensuring all measures are taken to
protect them and their families.
Amid the Spanish lockdown, youthful residents at the academy have
been separated from their parents, but Nadal was keen to assure all
parties that their welfare was at the forefront of his and the academy’s
“I hope you are well in these complicated times,” wrote Nadal.
“As you know, the circumstances at the academy are very particular as
throughout the year young players of 42 different nationalities reside
“For various family and logistical reasons, many of them have stayed
here and it is our duty and responsibility to look after them and that
is what I have told their parents.
“In the last few hours we have been in contact with the Superior
Sports Council and the Balearic Islands’ Regional Ministry of Health in
order to adopt the suitable measures that are in line with the current
“The outcome of these conversations has allowed some coaching and
support staff, as well as cleaning personnel, who have all volunteered,
to confine themselves within the facilities in order to be able to look
after these players who have to stay at the academy during this time.
“On Saturday, the academy closed to the public, the adult
residencies, the gym, the museum, the shop and the restaurant, such that
the players and volunteer staff who are now confined to the premises
are the only people on site.
“Nobody from outside can enter and thus we are able to try and avoid any possible infection from the outside.
“I would like to take this opportunity to put the parents’ minds at
rest and to tell you all that your children are being very well looked
after by a great team that is giving their all every single minute to
take care of their health. I know you want to be with your children and
we hope that moment will arrive soon.
“I would also like to encourage you to stay at home. These are difficult times but together we will come through them.”
Nadal sent out a message on social media to his fans after the ATP
Tour cancelled upcoming events amid the Covid-19 crisis, with his role
at the academy testing his leadership skills during these challenging