Ahead of the Acapulco 500, Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal will begin his Mexican journey on the opposite coast, just north of Cancun.
Nadal will be in Costa Mujeres for the official inauguration of his luxurious Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre on Feb. 18.
Nadal will also take part in the opening of the TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa, the hotels where the tennis complex is located.
The Centre, which opened in December, has already brought together hundreds of players who have enjoyed its eight clay courts thanks to the tennis programs taught by the coaches from the Rafa Nadal Academy in his home of Mallorca.
The ceremony will also open the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience.
The museum includes mementos from some of the best moments of Nadal’s sporting career, as well as objects donated by some of today’s greatest athletes. A range of leisure activities take the form of various simulators, interactive games and several virtual reality sports games.
The Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre is one in a line of sports centers inspired by the training methods used at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.
For local residents, the centre will offer an extensive selection of coaching and training programs, with variations suitable for adults, teenagers and children, including private classes, a three-day tennis workshop and a one-week camp.
Nadal has twice won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco, which begins Feb. 25.
Nadal rarely competes in Mexico or South America. For many years, Nadal has taken time off after the annual Australian Open in January to rest up ahead of the big European summer of tennis.
Rafael Nadal Parera, 32, is ranked second in the world for men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
With information from Sports Review, (U.K. Daily Express)