By Cathy Elelman • 22 May 2020 • 20:11
TRAINING: The Mallorca-born star has been training at his academy in Manacor.
CREDIT: Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar Twitter @rnadalacademy
SPANISH tennis ace Rafael Nadal was back on court swinging a racket on home ground in Mallorca today Friday.
The sport star has been training at his own tennis academy in his native town of Manacor in anticipation of the professional circuits starting up again in the near future following two months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The champion has not played in an official match since March 1 when he beat the US’s Taylor Fritz in the final of the Mexican Open in Acapulco, giving him the 85th title of his career.
The coronavirus pandemic forced Nadal into confinement just when he would have been preparing for the clay court season. He had had his sights set on winning the Roland Garros French Open and notching up his 20th Grand Slam title.
Instead he has been stuck at his home in Porto Cristo having to keep fit working out on an exercise bike and a treadmill.
In comments to press in recent weeks Nadal has admitted that it will take a lot for the world of tennis to get back to normal.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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