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.

Rafa Nadal Staff and Academy Team

I have seen the Rafa Nadal Academy booth at nearly every major tournament. In 2018 at Monte-Carlo, I was recommended to try in the Spring and Fall when the camp is not so crowded.

For years, I have reviewed tennis resorts, camps, and academies where I have personally trained myself.

They offer many kids' summer camps and adult tennis-playing vacations. Most of the coaches and staff also speak English fluently and found several British staff working there.

Guilliam at the front desk and Eva at the Spa were the most helpful. They are the most friendly and knowledgeable staff I have ever met at any tennis resort - highly recommend them.

The facilities are world-class. The gym, pools, and spa amenities (sauna, ice bath, steam room, jacuzzi, and several hot tubs) are included in the lodging package.

The tennis programs can be customized along with specific workout classes that are available 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 for practice too.

My half-board package included a buffet breakfast and a 3-course dinner with several choices. The fruit options were fresh, and I had a 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.

Masters 1000 Clay Trophies at the Rafa Nadal Academy Museum

Get a discount on any package with promo code: JCTENNIS

Barcelona Open with Rafael NadalJust 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.

Follow Rafael Nadal's journey
from Spain to the French Open

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

Highly recommend taking a Spring/Summer vacation to Spain

Tennis fans should also consider seeing the Barcelona Open 500 or the Madrid Open 1000.

Make your Spanish Vacation for Tennis complete and memorable for the rest of your life by stopping by the Rafa Academy and Museum on your European tour. Hopefully, my trip gives fans at home some ideas to plan their journey one day through Spain and beyond!

Mallorca Highlights

I love the giant church in the center of Manacor at sunrise. It's a short 5-minute drive from the Academy to the town center. You can also explore the warm, white sands of Cala Agulla beach.

Finally, for the adventurous hikers, one of the hidden gems is the Castle of Capdepera which looks like a Spanish version of the Great Wall of China!

Returning to the wonderful, large suite room with full showers gives you the experience of a Nike Locker Room. It is a very enjoyable experience to have a sunset buffet dinner to finish the day. Definitely a 10 out of 10!

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