A Fan's Guide to the Rafa Nadal Academy and Sports Centre

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My visit to Mallorca in April-May at the Rafa Nadal Academy was a lifetime bucket list event.

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

Apparently, several top pros had the same idea, making their stop in Manacor to do some training. I was there with Toni, Carlos, and the Nadal Academy Coaching Team.

For 3 days, I was lucky to be there. Along with the Adult Tennis players,  you can basically train, eat, sleep, plus watch and play tennis next to the top ATP and WTA pros like Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal!

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Just as Rafael told me in the hallway to the gym, Mallorca is a beautiful island when the weather is nice. I have to agree with him 100%! May through September is the perfect temperature. The cost of staying at the Academy is hardly much more than that of a typical hotel ~$150/night.

Every day I was there, it was a beautiful paradise. Comparing it to Hawaii and Maui  - this island was the Spanish version of a very historic land yet brimming with its small village charm.

I love the church in the center of Manacor, the Cala Agulla beach, and the Castle of Capdepera. Photos below of this amazing landscape.

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.

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 fans to 
visit Spain for the authentic Tennis Experience.
A full write-up will also be published at JCtennis.com

For a closer experience, there is also an 8-court Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy now open in Mexico

I review many tennis camps and academies, many of which are great for kids' summer camps and adult tennis vacations. Speaking English was not an issue and even found several British staff working there as well.

Guilliam at the front desk and Eva at the Spa were the most helpful, friendly and knowledgable staff I have ever met at any tennis resort - highly recommend them. The facilities are world-class gym, pools, and spa amenities (sauna, ice bath, steam room, jacuzzi, and several hot tubs) included in the lodging package.

The tennis programs can be customized along with specific workout classes that are available at almost every hour during the day into the evening. Playing tennis on the red clay usually requires a private lesson (around 100 Euros per hour), but there are plenty of hard courts too.

My half-board package included a buffet Breakfast and 3-course Dinner with several choices. The fruit options were very fresh and I had a very full portion of codfish. The best part is the dining area overlooks a beautiful sunrise and sunset with floor-to-ceiling windows with a panoramic view of the tennis courts.

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