safa Nadal attended the start of the 2022/23 academic year at the Alfonso X Rafa Nadal Sports University, a unique university proposal that will combine the business model of the Spanish tennis player, in line with his athletic and academic values and methodology.
During the event, Nadal had a chat with several students, giving them some guidance on his work and success.
“To achieve professional success you have to work hard every day,” Rafa said. “I don’t understand how to achieve success without putting in a lot of effort behind it.
“This basic principle is what I have tried to do throughout my athletic career: wake up every morning with the goal of improving and learning.
“The key is to never stop being motivated to be better.”
The Spanish tennis player, who has won 22 major championships, stressed the importance of teamwork.
“In order to learn, you must have the support of colleagues and professionals, surround yourself with the best possible team,” he added.
“If you surround yourself with the right people and have the determination to work hard every day to achieve your goals, it is easier to achieve your goals.”
The tennis player, who now trains with Kalos Moya, stressed the importance of physical care and physical therapy.
“For professional athletes, having a good medical team behind you is everything,” Nadal said.
“Ultimately, we live with injuries on a daily basis, with our bodies pushed to the limit, and without the right people by your side to help you recover, prevent or prepare, it is impossible to move forward.
“I’ve had physical therapy since 2006, it’s my shadow. In the past 15 years, he’s been the person who’s spent the most hours with me, an important part of my life.”
In terms of managing success and failure, Nadal offered some solid advice.
“You have to come to terms with your successes and defeats naturally. It’s easy to say, but sometimes it’s hard to manage,” he said.
“Tennis is a losers’ sport, we lose it every week. Every week we compete, only one of us ends up winning the championship, and we all lose.
“This is managed naturally, defeat and success are part of everyday life in general. The way we approach these two states is a personal thing.”