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Carola and Vittoria meet Rafael Nadal at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.

Nadal Welcomes Rooftop Rally Sensations To Academy

The girls went viral last year playing rooftop tennis during the global pandemic

During the peak of the global pandemic last year, two Italian youngsters became internet sensations as they took to their rooftops in Finale Ligure, Italy, filming themselves playing tennis when courts and clubs were closed.

The resilience and perseverance of Vittoria, 14, and Carola, 12, caught the attention of Roger Federer, who joined the pair for a hit on the roof and promised to send them to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for summer camp.

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A year down the line, the former World No. 1 has stayed true to his word, with the girls travelling to Spain and attending the Academy this week. From hitting on the courts to meeting the 13-time Roland Garros champion, they both enjoyed an amazing experience in Manacor.

“I feel very comfortable," Vittoria said. “The training sessions are really tiring, but both the coaches and the people at the Academy are very nice. It is really nice to be here.”

“I would like to stay here all my life because I feel comfortable and I would not want to go back to Italy.” Carola added. “I don’t want to stay here just a week, but all year round. Stay here at school, study and play tennis.”

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