When Rafael Nadal gave an explanation to his students' parents at his academy, the 19-time lead winner assured them that "a great team of people cares about their health". One of these affected parents is Mike Eala. Father of the Filipino tennis star Alex and her older brother Miko.
Mike said his children will be able to circumnavigate the borders of the Rafael Nadal Academy (RNA) because the campus has been closed to visitors and outsiders since March 17th.
Alex is in 8th grade, while Miko is in 10th grade of the academy, which is aimed at students from 42 countries around the world.
Nadal honored Alex for her strong performance in international competitions. She reached number 9 in the world among juniors last month after winning the Australian Open Girls Double title.
Her coaches planned more pro-circuit tournaments for her while still participating in Junior Grand Slams this year.
But everything took a back seat.
Although Spain is one of the countries most affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, RNA is located in Mallorca, where the tennis superstar was born and grew up.
Nadal issued a statement that the children are well cared for by measures taken by the Spanish sports and health authorities.
"Their quarantine laws do not allow them to play tennis," said Mike Eala to the investigator. "But they continue to do fitness training." INQ
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