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This quote from Rafa Nadal symbolises the DNA of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar which, thanks to a demanding tennis training programme and an American academic system, coaches the young players in the values, virtues and aptitudes of Rafa himself. If you want to improve your tennis and continue your studies, this is your Academy! 

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The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar has designed an annual training methodology based on the enriching experience acquired through years of success on the professional tour. The prestigious team of coaches, headed by Toni Nadal himself, is responsible for training young players and preparing them for the tennis of the future. Would you like to form part of that future?

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As well as having the modern and comfortable residency at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for junior players, the complex boasts a tourist sports centre with ideal accommodation.

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The Rafa Nadal Museum is more than just a museum. Along the 1.500 m2, you will have fun and compete with your friends, while you learn the values of sport.More info
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The ATP preseason comes to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar

In recent weeks, a number of players from the pro tour have been preparing for the 2024 season at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. Many of them had the chance to practise with Rafa Nadal himself, who will be back in action soon at the ATP 250 event in Brisbane.


Frenchman Richard Gasquet, a former world No. 7 and winner of 16 ATP Tour titles, was one of the big names to visit Manacor, where he enjoyed some intense training as he prepared for a very special season. Germany’s Jan Lennard-Struff also graced the academy with his powerful tennis in the same week that the ATP named him 2023’s Comeback Player of the Year after a period plagued by injuries. Last season he climbed from 163 to 21 in the world thanks to a great year in which he reached the finals of the Mutua Madrid Open and Stuttgart.


Emil Ruusuvuori is now a regular at the academy during the preseason. The complex has a special place in his heart after he won the “Rafa Nadal Open by Movistar” Challenger event in Manacor in 2018. Since then, the current world number 69 has always fine-tuned his game for a new season at the academy. Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar alumnus Jaume Munar is back ‘home’ after some late-season injuries as he attempts to find his A-game.



Two of Spain’s young guns have also been alongside some of the best players on the planet in recent weeks. Dani Rincón, who rose from No. 420 to 181 in the ATP rankings in 2023, is getting ready for his assault on the Australian Open qualifiers after picking up 2 ITF titles and reaching five Challenger semi-finals this year. Martín Landaluce, who trained with Rafa Nadal today, is also looking to earn himself a place among the elite in 2024.


Young Jordanian star Abdullah Shelbayh, who recently competed in the Next Gen ATP Finals, has also put in a few weeks’ intense training in a year in which he has progressed from number 470 to 187 in the world ranking. Another player polishing his game in Manacor was Hong Kong’s Coleman Wong, who reached his first Challenger Tour finals and won two ITF titles this year.


Junior world number 1 Alina Korneeva has been training at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar all month. At just 16 years of age, she smashed several records in 2023, as well as winning the Junior Australian Open and reaching the semi-finals of Junior Wimbledon. Yaroslav Demin, who was boys’ world number 1 in 2023, reached the Wimbledon final and claimed the French Open doubles title.


All of them have embraced Rafa’s inspirational spirit in recent weeks with an intense preseason they hope will bear fruit in 2024.


Martín Landaluce, a year of progress on the professional circuit

Martín Landaluce continues to consolidate himself as one of the great promises for the future of Spanish tennis, steadily progressing on tour in search of professional maturity. At 17 years of age, last week the Madrid native became the first tennis player born in 2006 to break into the Top 500 in the ATP Rankings, a significant milestone.


After competing at the Copa Faulcombridge in Valencia, where he defeated Pablo Andújar in the final match of the Cuenca native’s career, Monday’s list puts him at No. 443 in the world, currently higher than any other player in his generation.


The Spaniard, who trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar and became the junior world No. 1 in February this year, has made solid strides towards professionalism in 2023. With some solid improvement under the watchful eyes of Óscar Burrieza, Gustavo Marcaccio, and Esteban Carril, the Spaniard continues to fine tune his game as he reaches the end of adolescence.


The achievement is the result of a season that has seen him make his first professional appearances on tour, where he has shown off his innate talent against some of the biggest names in the locker room. As he battles to take down his next opponent, Landaluce has managed to produce a positive balance on the ITF World Tennis Tour (20-14) and won six of the 16 matches he played on the ATP Challenger Tour, the highlights of which were reaching the quarter-finals in Alicante and Valencia.


Above all, the season provided him with an opportunity to dream. The Spaniard enjoyed one of the most special moments of his career so far at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he had the chance to compete in an ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time. A wildcard for the main draw in his native city gave him a match against French former Top-10 player Richard Gasquet.


After making his ATP Tour debut in the main draw in Gijon last season, the 2022 Junior US Open champion enjoyed several other significant moments this year, adding to his dream in the Caja Mágica with the experiences in the qualifiers at the ATP 500 in Barcelona and the main draw at the ATP 250 in Umag.


With his sights firmly set on further establishing himself in 2024, Landaluce continues to notch up the small victories as he moves ever closer to the ATP Tour.


Source: https://www.atptour.com/es/


Martita Ortega and Alex Ruiz join the Hexagon Cup as franchise players of the Rafa Nadal Academy team Powered by Richard Mille

This way, the Rafa Nadal Academy Powered by Richard Mille will have two Top-15 world players as franchise players.


Madrid, November 28, 2023 - Hexagon Cup, the new padel tournament whose mission is to transform the 20 x 10 sport, announces that Martita Ortega and Alex Ruiz, two widely recognized names in the padel world, have been signed by the Rafa Nadal Academy powered by Richard Mille team as franchise players to participate in the Hexagon Cup. With this news, the team's commitment and ambition are strengthened for the first edition of this innovative tournament.


Both Martita Ortega, currently ranked 4th in the FIP ranking, with 14 titles in her career and a two-time world team champion (2021 and 2022), and Alex Ruiz, a native of Malaga who holds the 13th position in the rankings, with 2 titles to his name and being a team world champion in 2021, have demonstrated their skill and talent on the padel courts throughout their careers. Their experience and success in national and international competitions make them ideal players to represent the Rafa Nadal Academy by Richard Mille team.


Maribel Nadal, Marketing and Commercial Director of the Rafa Nadal Academy, points out that "we are very excited to have Martita and Álex join our team. In addition to being two great players, for us the personal bond was very important as they both know the Academy well, they have been here several times and they love the project. We really liked their enthusiasm when we explained the Hexagon Cup project to them and they didn't hesitate for a second to join the team".


For her part, Martita Ortega declares that "I am very grateful to be able to be part of this team. For me on a personal level it's like a second family and it makes me very excited that they wanted to count on me from the beginning. We are always used to playing in pairs, but we really like the teams because you experience things differently. There is more pressure because you don't play only for yourself, but you have to play for a team, but at the same time you feel more supported. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Besides, I know that in Rafa's team and his academy it's only worth giving everything and that's what we're going to do. Hopefully we can go all the way and win the title.


In turn, Alex Ruiz says that "I have always followed Rafa since I was a little boy and I am proud to be part of this team. I think the values that this academy transmits are very important and, as well as identifying with them, I try to transmit them on and off the court. I am a player who loves socialising, I am very social and I love playing as part of a team. I think the team competition is a very important step forward for padel, as the fans will be able to see other types of matches, and different combinations of couples that will be very attractive for the public. Hopefully we can take the victory!".


"The goal of Hexagon Cup is to become a tribute to padel and a prominent event on the global sports calendar where fans can enjoy the best male and female players in the world. Therefore, we are very excited to announce that two figures of the caliber of Martita Ortega and Alex Ruiz will be part of this great tournament," says Carlos Almazán, Hexagon Cup Sports General Manager.



An all-star tournament to take padel to another level


Born under the motto “For the Fans. For the Players. For the Game”, the Hexagon Cup is an innovative padel tournament that brings together male, female and Next Gen players (under 22 years of age), along with other prominent teams including the Rafa Nadal Academy powered by Richard Mille team, RL9 by the Barcelona FC footballer Robert Lewandowski, Team AD/vantage by legendary tennis player Andy Murray and ElevenEleven Team USA, owned by Eva Longoria and the recently announced Team Bella Puerto Rico, by Carlos López-Lay and María Esteve. Everyone competes for an impressive €1 million prize, creating an exciting team competition and an exciting experience for players and fans.


Each team owner has selected two franchise players who will serve as team captains. The addition of Martita Ortega and Álex Ruiz follows the confirmation of Alejandra Salazar and Paquito Navarro as franchise players of the Hexagon Cup team, while the rest of the players will be announced tomorrow..


Once the six teams and their franchise players have been revealed, the Player Draft will take place at the end of November, where the remaining players for each team will be selected. However, the Hexagon Cup team will have the exception that fans will be responsible for the final selection of players.

Team owners, along with their franchise players, will select four remaining teammates; one man, one woman and two "next gen" (under 22 years of age) during the Player Draft, which will take place at the end of November. In a single decision, fans have the final responsibility of choosing the players who will be part of the Hexagon Cup team, with this online draft currently open at www.hexagoncup.com, with final votes closing on Tuesday, 28 November.


During the tournament itself, the six teams will be divided into two qualifying groups, competing in a series of exciting head-to-head matchups. Only the top two teams from each group will advance to the finals, where the inaugural Hexagon Cup champion will be crowned, with a prize pool of one million euros up for grabs.


The first edition of the Hexagon Cup will take place in the historic Madrid Arena during the month of February, an ideal setting to create a great show. The event will include an attractive Fan Village with autograph signing sessions, player training areas, live concerts, entertainment, shops, exhibitions, food trucks and high-quality dining.


Abdullah Shelbayh: From The Rafa Nadal Academy To The Next Gen ATP Finals

Abdullah Shelbayh will enjoy a very special few days when he plays in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will be the icing on the cake of a season in which the Jordanian has knocked down countless barriers, and he now has an opportunity to introduce himself to the world.


“It will be a great experience for me and a great opportunity to demonstrate my level and enjoy the big matches I’ll play against the best players in the world,” Shelbayh told ATPTour.com. “It’s a great opportunity”, he added. “And it’ll be really fun knowing that I’m in an Arab country. Particularly for my country, for Jordan it will be very special. Also for the tournament; having a player from the Arab region will be very exciting and fun. I think I’m really going to enjoy this opportunity.”


Shelbayh will be the first player from Jordan to compete in the tournament after receiving a wildcard. At 20 years of age, he has claimed wins on the ATP Tour this season at the events in Banja Luka and Metz, as well as becoming the first player from his country to win an ATP Challenger Tour title when he took the crown in Charleston in October.


“This year has been my first season on tour, but so far it’s been the best of my career in general,” said Shelbayh. “I managed to win my first Challenger title. It was very special, knowing that I had some very tough months this summer, and a lot of changes around me. It hasn’t been the best time off court, so it was fantastic to win that title at such an important time of year. Honestly, I’m very happy with the way I played that week.”


That victory in Charleston, which came in October with a win over Oliver Crawford in the final, provided a boost with 75 points (he is currently No. 187 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings) and allowed him to have an important conversation with Rafael Nadal, the 22-time Grand Slam champion.


“He told me it was a big step in my career, and that I had to enjoy myself and not be content,” admitted the Jordanian. “He told me that I couldn’t be content with just one result because everyone is trying to improve at the same time, so you have to keep going with what you’ve been building. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to win all the big tournaments, but you have to keep up the good work and not let the important moments that will help you achieve your goal pass you by. It was very special to hear those words from someone like him, who has been my idol since I started to play tennis,” he commented.



“To describe Abdullah, you have to analyse his talent,” Nadal explained. “I think he’s a player with a very special innate talent, capable of doing things that most can’t. With his style of play, it makes opponents feel very uncomfortable. I know because I’ve trained with him a number of times. And he’s added something very important to that: in the last year and a half he has taken a step forward in the way he experiences tennis,” added the Spanish star. “Really, he has realised that what he wants is to be a professional tennis player and he is working very hard towards that. I can only congratulate him for his dedication and for his hard work and encourage him to continue on that road,” he added. “He’s had a very positive season, picking up good results and has climbed up the rankings. Now an amazing moment is coming up for him, playing in the Next Gen ATP Finals. I’d like to wish him all the luck in the world. I’m sure it’ll be a very special tournament for him.”


Shelbayh joined the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in 2018, when he was 14 and has not stopped growing since. How did the Jordanian end up at the Spaniard’s academy in Manacor? Through a connection between Toni Nadal and Shelbayh’s agent, Princess Lara Faisal, a member of the Jordanian royal family. Over those five years, Shelbayh has not stopped growing, as a player or a person.


“When he arrived, he was a boy that did things well, we could see he had a certain ability, but nothing more than that,” explained Toni Nadal, who has watched the player’s progress throughout that time. “As the years have passed, I think he has improved in almost every aspect of his game. In the last year, his improvement has been palpable and definitive. I think he has gained maturity and commitment,” he said. “He has a good chance of getting on the ATP Tour soon and he’s shown that in various tournaments playing against players who are among the best in the world. He has given them a good fight, and has even beaten some renowned players,” he recalled.


“If he maintains the same desire he has had recently, with the same willingness and the same commitment, I’m sure we’ll see him in the big tournaments soon, being one of the players that could challenge the best in the world,” he said. “For us, for the academy, it has been a great source of satisfaction because he’s a player that was completely trained on our courts.”


Indeed, Shelbayh trained at the Rafa Nadal Academy, working his way up to the achievements he has produced in 2023. A large part of the Jordanian’s success, of course, is due to the working structure he has in Mallorca, at the academy of the 14-time French Open champion.


“I’ve been at the academy for many years and it’s like my home,” said the 20-year-old. “I represent the academy in every match I play. It’s a big name to carry on your shoulders. I’m grateful for everything the academy has done for me, everything Rafa has done, and all the players at the academy,” he continued. “I remember arriving many years ago and I wasn’t expecting it to be so special, I wasn’t expecting to spend so many years here. Once you have a good environment around you, everything is much easier.”


“I think Abdullah is a different player, intelligent, unpredictable, and that’s what makes him fun to watch and a difficult opponent to read,” offered Carlos Moyà, Nadal’s coach and a former No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. “The chaos he has is very good, but if he can iron it out a little... he could be a player nobody wants to play. He hits incredible shots, and when you least expect it. The fact that he is unpredictable creates tremendous discomfort for his opponents. He mustn’t lose that and needs to improve his consistency a little more.”


What is the dream for any young player trying to become a professional? Practising with Nadal and his team, and being able to listen to his advice, must be high up most people’s lists.


“For me, personally, being able to train with Rafa, having Carlos Moyà and Toni Nadal there... that’s something I could never have imagined,” revealed Shelbayh. “I always dreamed of it, honestly, but now it’s a reality. I hope things continue in that way. I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done for me.”


Shelbayh will play his opener at the Next Gen ATP Finals on Tuesday against Luca Van Assche. The Jordanian and Frenchman are in the Red Group alongside Alex Michelsen and Hamad Medjedovic.



Source: ATPTour.com



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