Rafael Nadal launches sports university in Spain, aims to spread sporting and academic values worldwide

Nadal in action at Indian Wells
Nadal in action at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal has given back to tennis as much as any other player on the tour, and the Spaniard's latest venture is a university aimed at promoting the sport worldwide.

The Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy has grown exponentially over the years and is situated in Mallorca. It features a museum, health clinic, fitness center and many other things.

The academy has now joined hands with Alfonso X el Sabio University (UAX) to form the UAX Rafa Nadal Sports University aimed at fueling the growth of the sports industry across the globe. It will be presented towards the end of this month.

📚 Nace la UAX Rafa Nadal Sports University.🎾 La UAX Rafa Nadal Sports University aunará el modelo de trabajo del tenista, reconocible por sus valores y por su metodología deportiva y académica.📸 @rnadalacademy

This is yet another example of Nadal and his team taking the initiative to improve the tennis industry and provide more opportunities for people to gain access to the sport.

Rafael Nadal's fairytale start to 2022 season marred by rib injury

Nadal in action against Taylor Fritz
Nadal in action against Taylor Fritz

Rafael Nadal's career-best 20-0 start to the season was ended by Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final. After the loss in Indian Wells, the Spaniard was diagnosed with a rib stress fracture. The 35-year-old was told by his doctor to rehabilitate and recover, with the timeline for a return set at four-to-six weeks.

Rafael Nadal started off the year with a title in the Melbourne Summer Set. He then beat the likes of Adrian Mannarino, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov to reach the Australian Open final where he faced Daniil Medvedev. After dropping the first two sets against Medvedev, Nadal mounted an improbable comeback and captured a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Rafael Nadal then competed at Acapulco, where he once again had to see off Medvedev en route to his fourth title in the Mexican city.

However, his incredible season was brought to a halt as he suffered a rib fracture in his semi-final match against Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells. Nadal is set to spend a significant amount of time on the sidelines in order to recover completely.

He has already withdrawn from the Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona as well. Nadal will likely return in the Masters event in Madrid, which begins on 4 May. The Spaniard is defending plenty of points from last year's event, where he lost to eventual champion Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals.

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Edited by Keshav Gopalan
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