Rafael Nadal Set to Open Tennis Center in Greece

Spain's Rafael Nadal waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following his third round win over Australia's Alex de Minaur at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MADRID, SPAIN – Tennis great Rafael Nadal is set to open a tennis center in Greece in April, Marca, the Spanish sports newspaper, reported. The Rafa Nadal Tennis Center will be located at the five-star Sani Resort in Halkidiki and will feature eight clay courts “available to players of all ages and abilities” Marca reported adding that “the objective of the new center is to offer high quality tennis coaching for guests and residents of the area.”

Nadal and his coaching team created and developed the programs available at the center and all staff members are required to spend two months in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, Nadal’s hometown, to train in the methodology at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

The Sani Resort, about an hour from Thessaloniki, is a top tourist destination set in an impressive landscape. The personalized tennis programs will undoubtedly add a whole new element for vacationers to enjoy, providing a unique chance to train, play, and have a lot of fun together. Besides polishing up their tennis skills, the more competitive participants will have the opportunity to battle it out on the courts in thrilling tennis tournaments running throughout the season, according to the Sani Resort website. Nadal is pleased with the new project, noting that “it consolidates the growth of the Academy around the world. I am grateful to Sani Resort for the trust that they have had in my team to deliver the new Center and I am sure that we are going to have a very fruitful and productive working relationship, especially for all of the tennis lovers out there,” Marca reported.

The first series of centers opened at Costa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico in December with TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa featuring the tennis facilities and program of the current No. 2 player in the world, Marca reported.