Kuwait calls for Nadal as new academy opens

Rafael Nadal is taking the long way home from the Australian Open, arriving in Kuwait this week for the dedication of his tennis academy in the kingdom.

After his ceremonial duties in the Gulf, the 12-time French Open winner who went out in the Australian Open quarter-finals, will leg it to Capetown for a Friday exhibition with Roger Federer in aid of the Swiss player’s children’s foundation.

Joining his good friend Rafa in Kuwait will be ex-rival David Ferrer, with the new tournament director in Barcelona set for a hit-out with his compatriot at the 1,500 seat main stadium.

The academy – Nadal’s mother ship is located near his village of Manacor on Mallorca – features 18 courts and is part of a larger tennis complex in the kingdom.

It will open for officials business in April.

Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online

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