A Fan's Guide to the Rafa Nadal Academy and Review

On March 5, 2023 in Las Vegas
Nadal VS Alcaraz
@ MGM Grand Garden Arena

It was great to visit the RNA team at the Madrid Open 2022 and meet their RNA coaches.
Marc Lopez is the most friendly coach, and was honored at his retirement ceremony award!
VIP Offer for 2023 - Special invite to Mallorca  RNA Camp Combo with
Barcelona Open / Madrid Open tickets for the first 30 guests

The Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Mallorca

My visit to Mallorca in April-May at the Rafa Nadal Academy was my lifetime bucket list tennis experience. Below is a review of option #2 (Barcelona Open then Mallorca Trip combo).

Room availability and reviews on TripAdvisor.

Adult Tennis Programs include Half-week and Weekend options, plus 10% OFF with code "JCTENNIS".

RNA juniors get $50 OFF for USA camps (see below). Adult camps in many cities across the USA! Our Rafanadalcampusa discount codes are below!

Book at least 1-2 months ahead to get your best room.

As a huge Rafa fan for over a decade, I decided to book a pit stop to Mallorca between my trip to the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open via Air Europa.

Several top pros had the same idea, making their stop in Manacor to do some clay-court training before the French Open!

I visited Uncle Toni, Carlos, and the Nadal Academy Coaching Team. My room was just down the hall from Naomi Osaka's team. She was very shy and tried to avoid all attention from fans.

Fresh meals and facilities included many fitness classes available to attend almost all day hours.

The adult tennis program also had access to hard courts. The gym, pool, and spa sauna are of the highest quality.
Just a short walk away is the clay courts, with pro and junior programs half of the academy.

For 3 days, I felt so lucky to train and play tennis next to the now 22-time grand slam champion.

Joining the Adult Tennis players,  you get to live and breathe tennis 24/7 or even play in a tennis tournament:

I was able to train, eat, sleep, plus watch and play tennis right next to the top ATP and WTA pros like 
Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal!

Rafa Nadal Academy USA
Camps for Juniors and Adults in America

Actual coaches from the RNA Academy will fly to the USA to teach you the Rafa Nadal tennis method.

December 2022 - Christmas Camp in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale)

Use Promo codes:
"JCTENNIS" for $50 off kids
"JCTENNISADULTS" for $25 off Adult camps

March 2023 - Coming to San Diego's Rancho Valencia, Los Angeles, and Dallas!
Camps sold out last year in a few weeks! Save $50 with our early access code.
The top junior selected gets a free trip to Mallorca from each camp!

Rancho Valencia is the training grounds of
ATP NextGen Milan Champion Brandon Nakashima

Visiting Rafa's Hometown and Mallorca Sights around the Island

The scenic countryside with its windmills and small traffic circles are very quaint. Most tiny cars, including Rafa's old Kia, are miniature in size yet very nimble. Speed limits top out around 100kmph - yet you can go from coast to coast in a little over an hour. I would recommend renting a car but be prepared that it will likely be a manual transmission.

NY Times Article - 36 hours in Mallorca

Small packs of bicycle riders will dot the small country roads early in the morning riding in tandem. The local villagers are very friendly and helpful in sharing their traditions and culture. I made a lot of friends among the other Adult tennis program attendees.

I encourage all my tennis readers to visit Spain for the authentic Tennis Experience.

Get my exclusive stackable 10% discount, when you book any package at the Rafa Academy.
There is even a special Roger Federer suite*

USA Summer Camps with RNA coaches in America

For a closer tennis experience, try the Rafa Nadal Summer Camps in the USA in many cities. Get $50 OFF with "JCTENNIS" for junior camps, and $25 OFF "JCTENNISADULTS" for adult camps.

In 2022, I visited the San Diego camp and my friend's son visited the DC/Baltimore camp. The Junior program is both excellent and high-intensity. Several local kids I interviewed loved it and said you get much more individualized attention and many balls to drill.

Kids at the camp say they love the small class size and lots of repetition - "Coach Nico is the best".

RafaNadalAcadmeyUSA - Discounts and Bonuses
  • Promo codes: "JCTENNIS" for $50 off kids and "JCTENNISADULTS" for $25 off Adults
  • First 50 people to register at each camp get a chance to win Rafa autographed gear.
  • Top junior at each camp gets selected to go to train at Mallorca, Spain!

Most camps were sold out within a few weeks. The adults camp was more for 3.0-4.0s and mostly older adults as shown in the photo above, during warmups in the early afternoon.

But this year it will be held 8-10AM, so I hope there will be better players signing up and will report back on camp conditions for 2023.

San Diego Open Fan's Guide to the WTA 500, Oct 8-17

World's Best Female Tennis Players Star in San Diego!

San Diego usually has picture-perfect weather in October. It welcomes fans ready to enjoy more tennis with its warm beach climate. The WTA will showcase 16 out of the World's Top 20 from Oct 8 - 16. SeatGeek discount code below works for tickets, parking, and even Padres Games!

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Who is Playing in the WTA 500 San Diego Open?

Update: Friday night, we saw sell-out capacity crowds! Get your tickets for Sat and Sun ASAP!

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Free Chase Reserve Seating - exclusive front row view at the US Open with Matteo Berrettini

Fan Week and Week 1 Scouting Report

Tennis-Bargains has returned from NYC after spending the first 8 days of the US Open scouting and sharing with readers our real photos, seat shade maps, and impressions on the grounds for all the best goodies to experience. Secret shoppers helped us sample all the food and shops along with their honest feedback.

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Arriving at 9:30 each morning, I discovered some lesser-known perks that even US Open ushers and their supervisors did not know.

Our email VIP subscribers (a VIP is anyone who regularly opens and clicks our links) will get priority access to our previews. Last month, we revealed this amazing, all-new 2022 feature called "Chase Pass" which offers only 100 daily bracelets for exclusive access and reserve seating.

US Open Faceoff: Chase vs Amex Perks - Chase Wins

  1. Chase Pass gets you into Grandstand Reserve Seating @ Section 2, Rows M-O (front baseline seats with Chase Logos). Great area for shade after 4pm! I brought fans and fellow tennis coaches.

    Each day, I invited friends (new and old) to join me in watching players like FAA.
    These seats were so good that one guy even suggested that I shouldn't go tell anyone else!

  2. Chase Lounge (daily RSVP required ) gets you A/C, Fruit Cups, Ice Cream, and more. You can bring a guest too :) Enjoy! A waitlist sign-up is available at the door each morning at 10AM.

    Chase Lounge: Free fruit cups, Kind Bars, popcorn, refreshments, ice cream, hat, and A/C!!

  3. Chase Reserve Seating at Grandstand
    I often sat here watching players like Matteo Berrettini from the baseline. For Day 1, I had paid over $180 total for a seat just a few rows away when I discovered the specially-branded Chase logo seats in Section 2! There were 4 single matches played per day here during week 1.

    After some investigative research and asking around several US Open ushers and supervisors, I discovered the special Chase Pass (limit 100 per day) grants you a bracelet that allows you to sit in the first 3 rows (M-O) of the baseline at the Grandstand court for free! It is outlined on the usher's papers, but many of them had no idea, and neither did most fans...

How to watch Serena and Rafa at the US Open 2022

US Open has just announced the first-round lineups for both Serena and Rafa!

Best Prices for each US Open Stadium

Check these 4 links before buying, to get the best prices of the day!
Grounds | Armstrong | Grandstand | Ashe

Labor Day tickets are still on-sale around $200+ for Ashe!

Nadal's next match is Monday, Sept 5 in the Day Session

Carlos Alcaraz plays in the Monday Night Session

Fact: Rafael Nadal has been playing night sessions for his first 3 rounds. Our research suggests he will play an Ashe Day session soon this week. Check back to see our updates!

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General Seat Picking Tips for Tennis

  • Usually, baseline seats or near the players' boxes are very good.
  • If you are going during the day, please refer to our shade map!
  • It doesn't make much of a difference at night beside the bright LED signs.

Serena's last match was Fri Night, Sept 2 @ 7PM

Serena has been chosen to play on the odd days of the tournament (Aug 29, 31, etc). The exact play schedule will be announced 1-2 days before and updated here! She has made it to the 3rd round so far!

Price Spike Alert:

If you want to go during the day (and not watch Serena play but hope to see just her practice), I would recommend buying a Monday Grounds Pass if the lowest Ashe ticket is over $90.

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Q: Can I purchase a ticket from a US Open subscriber?
A: US Open Ticket Exchange (for upgrading to better seats and resell prices to "sold out" sessions)
Yes, you can. The USTA has partnered with the US Open Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, to serve as the exclusive resale partner for the US Open. US Open subscribers as well as individual ticket holders have the opportunity to resell their unused tickets in a secured fan-to-fan environment, sanctioned by the USTA. 

Do you only need to buy One Single Ticket at the lowest price possible?

1) Use the 2-for-1 special code to buy 2 tickets.
2) If you cannot attend, simply sell the extra ticket back later.
3) Bring a friend! Enjoy the fun with a buddy.

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All weekend tickets (AM and PM sessions) will sell the quickest. By August most may already be gone! Check back on Mondays to see if any additional tickets have been added for sale.

Top 3 "Best Value" US Open Tickets available

1) Arthur Ashe Day Tickets (reserved on Ashe with access to all courts)
2) Night Matches (no access before 6pm)
3) Grounds Passes (no access to Arthur Ashe Stadium)
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Additional Helpful US Open Links

How to pick the best "cool" seat on a hot day.
Use the US Open Heat Map for Ashe, Armstrong, and Grandstand Stadiums!

Sports Illustrated 59 tips for US Open, updated (fan tips):

Sample 2018 Pricing for Tickets, created by PJ from RoadTo45Tennis (great guide):

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