Rafa Nadal's tennis centre in Greece, the only such training resort he set up in Europe, is set to produce the next generation of superstars Nadal's head coach, Carlos Moyá, told Euronews.
"I’ve been with the kids today and I see how the atmosphere is here. I think it’s great for the kids, great for tennis and the more we have, the more biggest chance there is of having more professional tennis players," said Moyá.
Moyá, a former world No.1 and Roland Garros champion admitted that getting the best out of players requires much more than just coaching.
"You have to be brother sometimes, you have to be a friend, some other times you need to be hard on him and you need to push in order to get his 100%."
Opened in 2019, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre on the Halkidiki peninsula aims to provide players with the same world-class training methods that helped the Grand Slam champion rise to the top of his sport, and is also one of Greece’s premier tourist locations.
Located in the Sani Resort, a stunning complex of more than 400 hectares, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre comprises 8 clay courts on which tennis courses are available to players of all ages and standards.
The goal is to provide high-quality tennis coaching so that guests and residents of the area can play and take classes as part of various programmes that are customised according to the different player profiles.
These programmes have been developed through an exclusive training system, based on the successful experience acquired by Rafa Nadal and his coaching staff during more than 15 years on the professional tour.
The Sani Resort, located less than one hour from Thessaloniki, one of the capitals of European culture, has established itself as one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Its wide range of leisure activities and stunning surroundings bring significant added value so that tennis lovers can take a holiday in paradise while they improve their technique and enjoy a luxury resort with all mod cons.
Nadal also runs an academy on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where he is from.