Rafa Pauses To Remember Mallorca Flood Victims; Roger, Novak Share Support
Rafael Nadal, uncle Toni Nadal and coach Carlos Moya led a minute of silence with staff and players on Thursday at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for those affected by the Mallorca floods. At least 10 have died, and the Spanish island has suffered catastrophic damage because of torrential rains and flash flooding.
The nearby town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, where more than 200 people had to flee their homes, was especially hard hit. Nadal spent three hours helping with the cleanup there on Wednesday, joining a group of 20 to remove mud from a mechanical workshop, where water levels reached two metres.
The 33-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion also opened up rooms at the academy for at least 50 people who needed refuge.
His peers are competing at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, the season's penultimate Masters 1000 event. But Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev all took time to share their condolences for those affected.
“I'm very sorry about the news, and I know how important Mallorca is to Rafa. I've been in touch with him and asked him if I could help with anything, and I've seen Rafa helping the villages around where he comes from. It's nice to see and it's super inspiring,” Federer said in a video.
“You know you have our support, Rafa. We think of everybody in Mallorca. We wish you a lot of strength in these difficult times... I hope to be back to Mallorca soon.”
Federer was in Mallorca two years ago to help Nadal launch his academy.
Djokovic also sent his condolences and best wishes. “I can only imagine how difficult it is, especially for the people who have been in the epicenter of everything. I want to send a big hug and a friendly regard to Rafael Nadal. Well done, amigo, for helping out,” he said.
“I want to invite anyone who is watching this video and is following the news from Mallorca to support in any way they can.”
Zverev, who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, has seen first-hand the island's attractions.
“I've also been to the beautiful place of Mallorca many, many times. My prayers are with you guys, all the thoughts are with the people of Mallorca, not only to Rafa, but of course everybody there. I hope you guys recover soon, and take care everyone.”
Nadal is at home in Mallorca continuing his recovery from a knee injury that forced his retirement from the US Open. He is next scheduled to compete at the Rolex Paris Masters, beginning 29 October.