The Balearic government recently approved plans for the construction of an international high performance tennis centre to be built in Manacor. The centre, which is being created in collaboration with Mallorca’s top tennis star, Rafael Nadal, will also carry his name.
The Rafael Nadal International tennis centre hopes to attract talented youngsters from all over the world, aged between 8 and 17 and will be a residential school where they will be able to combine their education with top class, personalised tennis training. The centre will incorporate three areas; an educational area for schooling, the tennis training centre itself and halls of residence. There will be open air tennis courts and indoor courts and gyms, as well as an indoor pool, recovery rooms and a small football pitch.
Rafael Nadal will himself cover 5% of the costs involved in building the centre and has reportedly pledged the use of a 3.500m2 green area next to the centre for public use. The project is expected to require an investment of about 20 million euros. Local politicians have stressed the benefits such a centre of sporting excellence will bring to the island, which will not only attract sportsmen and women from the world over to Mallorca, but will also provide a top class resource for budding tennis players on the island.
Manacor is Rafa’s hometown in Mallorca and he has said that it gives him “great pleasure” to be able to open a tennis centre of this kind there; the star is passionate about promoting sports in Spain and keen to give something back to his community.
The centre will also act as the headquarters for the Rafael Nadal Foundation which supports underprivileged children and encourages sports as a way to promote self esteem and confidence.
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