Nadal Offers Refuge To Juniors Stranded By COVID-19
In response to the global outbreak of COVID-19, Rafael Nadal has taken measures to ensure the safety of players stranded at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.
While following orders and recommendations from authorities, the 19-time Grand Slam champion gave an insight into the arrangements that have been made for players at his facility who cannot return home due to a variety of issues, including travel restrictions.
“The circumstances at the Academy are very particular as throughout the year young players of 42 different nationalities reside here. For various family and logistical reasons, many of them have stayed here and it is our duty and responsibility to look after them and that is what I have told their parents,” said Nadal.
The academy’s management has maintained direct contact with the Superior Sports Council and the Balearic Islands’ Regional Ministry of Health in order to adopt the measures necessary in the current state of emergency in Spain.
“The outcome of these conversations has allowed some coaching and support staff, as well as cleaning personnel, who have all volunteered, to confine themselves within the facilities in order to be able to look after these players who have to stay at the academy during this time,” said Nadal.
The preventative measures have been gradually implemented in recent days. Last Saturday, the academy’s adult residencies, the gym, the museum, the shop and the restaurant were closed to the public, leaving just the players and voluntary staff who are now confined there. No outside personnel will have access to the facilities.
“Thus we are able to try and avoid any possible infection from the outside. I would like to take this opportunity to put the parents’ minds at rest and to tell you all that your children are being very well looked after by a great team that is giving their all every single minute to take care of their health. I know you want to be with your children and we hope that moment will arrive soon,” said Nadal.
The Spanish star also took time to share a message of advice and positivity with the public.
“I would also like to encourage you to stay at home,” said Nadal. “These are difficult times but together we will come through them.”