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Rafael Nadal is pursuing his sixth Madrid title this week at the Caja Magica.

Rafa Nadal Foundation Opens Centre In Madrid

This centre joins previously opened locations in Palma and Valencia

The Rafa Nadal Foundation Center has opened a third location — this one in Madrid — to provide at-risk children with educational and sports activities as well as other support.

The foundation opened its first centre in Palma de Mallorca in 2014 and another in Valencia in 2019. This location will be in San Fermin, with the sports activities for the kids being held at the Caja Magica, home of the Mutua Madrid Open.

“Today has been an intense but fantastic day. Happy to inaugurate the new Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Madrid in the San Fermín neighborhood, where we will support children in vulnerable situations through sports, educational activities and psychosocial support,” Nadal wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @endesa for being our ally in this project and thanks to all of you who have made it a reality.

“Very happy to say that the @frnadal continues to advance in its intervention, with firm and confident steps, with commitment, rigor and professionalism.”

The new centre was inaugurated on Thursday with Nadal among those in attendance. Nadal’s wife, María Francisca Perelló, who is the director of the foundation, was also there alongside Begona Villacis, the deputy mayor of Madrid, and Jose Bogas, the CEO of Endesa.

The new Rafa Nadal Foundation Center will provide care for about 50 children from five to 17 years old for whom the services are recommended.

Did You Know?
Nadal has long been known for his philanthropic work, and in 2011 he was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in the ATP Awards.