Manacor, 8 June 2022. After an emotional and affectionate academic ceremony, 33 students completed their school education by graduating from the Rafa Nadal Academy International School, the international American school located on the grounds of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.
As is now traditional, Rafa Nadal presided over the ceremony and spoke to the families, teachers and young students, congratulating them for having finished a very important stage of their lives. During his speech, Rafa wanted to highlight the importance of fighting to overcome adversity:
“I know that the fashion now is immediacy and that patience is not a greatly valued virtue. When we want something, all we have to do is pick up our mobiles and make a purchase, read an article or get the information we need.
But today I would like to remind you that the greatest goals in life are not achieved from one day to the next. They are achieved by fighting, struggling and learning when you fall down. I’m convinced that all of you will be great professionals and good people, which is the most important thing. But I can also tell you, through experience, that along the way you will have unexpected moments and disappointments that will make you question everything. In those moments, you must rely on your family, your loved ones and the people you trust, who will remind you what your dreams and goals were so that you can dream of them again.
Failure is only bad if you don’t know how to pick yourself up and fight again. Sometimes you will fall down over and over again. But it’s then that you have to be humble and accept that sometimes things don’t go the way we want.
That’s why, in a society that wants things in the short term, I prefer to reaffirm two virtues that seem to have gone out of fashion: humility and perseverance. If you are patient and you are persistent and you have the necessary optimism not to give up, you will gain agreat deal in this life.
But, I’d also like to tell you that virtues are not acquired immediately, you also have to work on them every day, in your daily activity. Being punctual, training as much as required, studying every day, respecting and obeying your parents, being generous with your friends, being tolerant of the people around you... These are the small things that make the difference and those that will make you better professionals and great people for society”.
While at previous ceremonies the special guests have been Pau Gasol, David Ferrer, Ona Carbonell, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova (the latter two remotely), this year the honour fell to Ricky Rubio. The NBA player also encouraged the young players to work hard, give their all and not to give up in the face of adversity.
Alexander Marcos Walker (Director of the Rafa Nadal School), and graduates Daniel Azrak Marbán (Valedictorian), Xavier Sabach (Salutatorian) also spoke at the ceremony.
The climax of the ceremony was marked by the throwing of the caps into the air and the presentation of the diplomas by Ricky Rubio, who individually congratulated each of the young students, who are now preparing for university.
What is the Rafa Nadal International School?
The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar is also home to the Rafa Nadal International School, a mixed Anglo-American international educational school for children from 3 to 18 years of age. While the original concept of the school was designed with the goal of enabling the players at the Academy to be able to combine their tennis and academic educations, from the start, Rafa wanted to open its doors to the children of Mallorca, whether or not they played tennis, so that everyone could benefit from the facilities and the academicprogramme. This means the players at the RNA share the classrooms with other students, which encourages rewarding exchanges and educational and cultural experiences.
The syllabus at the RNIS has been designed with a distinctive programme that prepares all students both professionally and personally through the development of the intellectual, emotional and social aptitudes necessary for having a positive impact on their respective communities. The modern, comfortable, technological and sporty facilities at the RNIS constitute the ideal environment for learning.
One of the Rafa Nadal International School's biggest goals is to offer its students the opportunity to access a university in the United States or any other part of the world, with a tennis and/or academy scholarship. In the 2021/2022 academic year, 100% of the tennis-playing students that graduated and planned to go to the USA to study, were accepted and received scholarships at US universities. The rest of the graduates started their university education at centres in the UK, Spain, Germany, Holland and the UAE.
The iconic centre court at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, where we have seen Rafa himself train so many times and which often hosts big international stops on the tennis tour, has been completely transformed to host the TAU Mallorca Challenger, which will bring together some of the biggest stars from the World Padel Tour.
Starting last Sunday, a total of 312 players are competing in an event that puts Mallorca on the World Padel Tour's international calendar and boasts a stellar line-up of players. In the women's competition, the hot favourites are Martita Ortega and Bea González, recent winners of the 2022 Danish Padel Open and this year's two Challenger events (TAU Cerámica Getafe Challenger and TAU Cerámica Albacete Challenger). Another top team looking to stand out at the tournament will be that of Marta Marrero and Lucía Sainz, numbers 12 and 11 in the WPT Ranking, respectively. They all started with wins in the last sixteen in Manacor. Javi Garrido and Antón Sans, Edu Alonso and Miguel Lamperti, and Víctor Ruiz and Lucas Bergamini, are the favourites in the men's competition.
Mallorcan culture, economy and gastronomy will be promoted during the tournament with concerts and zero-km traditional Mallorcan products.
Fans have already started to pack the stands at a tournament whose tickets were sold out several days before it got underway. Today it was announced that the TAU Mallorca Challenger will have the most extensive audiovisual coverage in the history of these World Padel Tour events thanks to the coverage MOVISTAR will provide throughout the weekend. Online broadcasts will start on Friday 27 with 3 women's quarter-final matches from 09:30 and will continue with 3 men's quarter-final matches from 16:30. All of them will be broadcast in Spanish on the World Padel Tour YouTube channel and the worldpadeltourtv.com OTT service. From Saturday 28, Movistar will be providing expansive coverage, offering the following matches:
Saturday 28: semi-finals
Women's semi-final 1: 10:00 | Deportes por M+ (channel 53) and Ellas #V (channel 56)
Men's semi-final 2: Following previous match | Deportes por M+ (channel 53)
Women's semi-final 2: 17:00h | Deportes 2 por M+ (channel 55) and Ellas #V (channel 56)
Men's semi-final 2: Following previous match | Deportes 2 por M+ (channel 55)
Sunday 29: finals
Women's final: 10:00 | Deportes 1 por Movistar Plus+ (channel 54) and Ellas #V (channel 56)
Men's final: Following previous match | Deportes 1 por Movistar Plus+ (channel 54)
The tournament is expected to attract 1.5 million spectators and will attract the international public thanks to the broadcasts in English, which will take place on the Saturday and Sunday on the World Padel Tour YouTube channel.
Rosana Morillo, the general director of the Government of the Balearic Islands, spoke of the tournament's magnitude at the presentation: "The event will put the Balearic Islands in a privileged position thanks to the huge media impact, which will favour the creation of an off-season tourist product", something that was echoed by Andreu Serra, The Council of Mallorca's Minister of Transition, Tourism and Sports and president of the Mallorca Turisme Foundation: "The staging of first-class international sports tournaments drives racket-sport tourism that favours diversity and deseasonalisation".
A few weeks ago, on the occasion of the Pro-Am held to promote the tournament, Rafa Nadal wished all the players the best of luck.
Método exclusivode entrenamiento
Entrenamiento mentalalto rendimiento
The facilities of the Academy have been adapted to comply with the safety and hygiene protocols established by health authorities. Thanks to synergy with QuirónSalud (healthcare partner of the Academy) the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar has been considered a success story by the press and international institutions, and an example of safety and trust thanks to its management during the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
It has also obtained the seal "Safe COVID-19 Protocol by Quirónsalud" issued by Applus +. This seal certifies the quality and efficiency of the Academy's work processes to guarantee the safety and well-being of all its players. We are very proud of our human team, which has obtained the experience and knowledge necessary to develop a protocol that guarantees a safe stay and sports practice in our facilities.
To guarantee a safe environment, all players and guests of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar must comply with the health measures approved by the Government of the Balearic Islands, which include restrictions on the entry of passengers to Mallorca.
The preventive measures associated with the current pandemic for our players enrolled in the Junior Programs will be confirmed by the Players Desk team before the arrival of the players and their families, according to the context upon arrival.
Below are some of the safety measures that have been implemented to prevent COVID-19 contagion:
Certified protocol against COVID-19 APPlus+:
Today we are winning the matches that we will play tomorrow.
We want you to know how important you are to us and to remind you that together we will come out on top.
For this reason, and to adapt to your personal circumstances, at Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar we offer you the possibility of modifying or cancelling your new reservations at no cost, booking the FLEXBLE PLUS rate, if you do so at least 48 hours before starting your stay with us. We will play again soon!
Get ready – your best matches are yet to come!