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Rafa Nadal surprises with his new business

Roland Garros is the name of Rafa Nadal’s restaurant in his academy in Manacor. Recreates the dining room of the tennis players in the French tournament. “It’s like I’m in Paris”, says the French tennis player Alizé Lim. 153 players from 43 countries are trained in the high-performance tennis center of the Spanish champion.

Rafa Nadal and Roland Garros are two names united for eternity. His 13 Musketeers Cups make the clay of Paris his gardenwhich he now recreates in the form of a restaurant in his academy in his native Manacor using decoration and furniture inspired by the tournament itself.

In addition to those of Nadal, it has images of the great protagonists on the land of Paris such as Steffi Graff (winner in Paris in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999), Chris Evert (champion in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986) and Björn Borg (champion in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981).

The gala tennis player Alizé Lim has already surrendered to Nadal for his work of art “It’s as if I were in Paris”, were her first words when she saw the restaurant that opened its doors, during lunch hours, last Monday, January 31 and has done with a capacity for 60 diners who have at their disposal a menu prepared by the team of chefs and nutrition specialists of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.

An agreement to use the Roland Garros brand for which Nadal, due to the great relationship between the leaders of the tournament and the tennis player, did not have to make an economic outlay. One more union, after the steel statue, designed by the Spanish Jordi Díez, who erected the tournament in May 2021.

The letter does not lack the vegan dishes and the highest quality products. In addition, the idea is that it serves brunch Sundays. Ultimately, the Roland Garros Restaurant offers the opportunity to taste a delicious menu immersed in the atmosphere and the glory of the tennis elite.

This restaurant thus joins another aspect of Nadal’s academy that seeks to be “a gastronomic reference within Mallorca”although it is not the first time that he uses a tournament to set a new zone.

There is already a space dedicated to the Australian Opento watch the matches, like the last final that the tennis player from Manacor won in an epic way.

The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar is in the middle of the expansion phasebeyond tennis after including in its plans new indoor courts -3 hard courts and 7 clay courts-.

And the thing is, Rafa Nadal’s project has also become a tourist reference of the island. 153 players from 43 different countries live in the academy throughout the year and study in a school that bears the name of the tennis player from Manacor, in addition to 400 local students.

It is also a reference point for holiday sports tourism, with 67 rooms available for tennis programs for adults and children, with access to the ‘Rafa Nadal Club’, the fitness center with nearly 1,800 members.

The other big leg of the project is the museum. It brings together all of Nadal’s titles and reviews his career through his personal belongings, in addition to others on loan from great sports stars and an interactive area for visitors, which reached 50,000 in the last record that the Academy has before the pandemic. “It continues to perform very well,” they say despite the capacity restrictions due to the coronavirus.


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