The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar and the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) plan a highly competitive campus so that “numerous players”, both from the men’s circuit and from the WTA, use their facilities “in a safe environment in the coming months” .
According to their press release, and “if circumstances permit” when the COVID-19 pandemic passes, the Academy “will become a campus for top-tier players to reside, train and compete with each other by playing games that will be televised “
“In recent weeks we have made our facilities available to the president of the ATP, Andrea Gaudenzi, with the aim of making the Academy a possible venue for holding concentrations,” said Carlos Costa, head of Business Development at said Academy.
“The ATP has really liked the idea and they are studying and evaluating formulas to carry it out in the coming months once the ideal circumstances are there, the global situation allows it and the ATP knows clearly the plans of its calendar “Costa stressed.
Although the tennis circuit is canceled until July 13, the idea came from Rafa Nadal himself. “Right now tennis is the least important thing and the most important thing is everyone’s health,” said the award-winning Balearic tennis player.
“But if in the coming months the Academy can serve to help other professional players, I am delighted that they can come to train and also to compete. Although we do not have any upcoming tournaments, I think that competing with each other will help us to maintain the level for when the circuit resumes, “said Nadal.
Costa has reiterated the organizational capacity in such a venue for its “ability to host a significant number of players and coaches so that they can train and compete without leaving the Academy.”
“The breadth of the facilities would also make it possible, if necessary, to organize logistics respecting all sanitary and social distancing protocols,” Costa said of an Academy with 19 fast lanes, seven clay courts and one lane. ‘ indoor ‘.