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Watch: Rafa Returns to Practice


It’s Vamos time!

The sound of approaching summer reverberates around the tennis world: Rafa Nadal return to the practice court.

The king of clay tuned up on hard court at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

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“Here I am: finally back on court,” Nadal said. “Happy to be back on my practice and super happy too that that kids can practice again here at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

“They are happy and that’s the most important thing.”


Like a gladiator emerging into the arena, Rafa walks onto court complete with dramatic entrance music.

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Sporting a sleeveless gray Nike t-shirt and what appears to be a new cosmetic for his Babolat racquet, Rafa shares the familiar rituals—wrapping his fingertips in white adhesive tape—before unleashing his ferocious forehand.

Photo credit: Rafa Nadal Academy





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