Kuwait: Raphael Nadal to launch tennis academy in February

Spanish and world class tennis legend Raphael Nadal will launch in February next the largest tennis complex in the Middle East, bearing his name, reports say.

Dubbed Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait, Arabia Business reports, will serve as the training and developmental hub of the all-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex.

Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Sabah Tennis Complex boasts 18 courts, including a multi-purpose covered arena with more than 5,000 seats, a secondary open court with 1,500 seats, eight covered courts and eight open courts.

The academy is a joint between Tamdeen Group, Kuwait’s top mixed-use property developer and Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. Both parties inked Wednesday inked a deal to build the centers.

Speaking via video, Nadal expressed his interest in helping to grow tennis in the region.

“I’m personally very happy to open the Academy in Kuwait. We’re working hard to create the right programs for the kids and our members, making for strong development of tennis all over the region. See you very soon,” he said.

The 33-year old Tennis icon is set to rank as the world’s number 1 at the end of the 2019 ATP season.

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