High-standard tennis between Ferrer and Nadal at the opening of the Majorca´s Academy in Kuwait
The director of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell is still in great shape. Despite being defeated by Rafael Nadal today in Kuwait, David Ferrer has shown that his physical condition is still optimal and that the reasons why the circuit still misses him are more than justified. Both have made a very colourful exhibition at the Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah Tennis Complex in Kuwait, the fourth tennis academy that Nadal inaugurates. The Majorcan won in two close sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Ferrer has made a quick break in his management as sports director of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona-1899 tournament to attend the invitation of his great rival on the courts. Both met 32 times officially, with 26 wins for the 11-time Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell champion and six for the former champion from Alicante.
The spectacular complex is the fourth that the world No.2 opens. The academy of Manacor, where he began his business career in the field of sports education four years ago, was followed by the one in Costa Mujeres (Mexico) and another in Halkidiki (Greece).
This new sports space of 263,430 square meters, the largest of its kind in the Middle East. It has a multi-purpose pavilion with a capacity for 5,000 spectators, a stadium capable of hosting 1,500 and a total of 16 courts, eight indoor courts and many others outdoors. All the courts have been designed by the renowned British architect Norman Foster.
Nuno Marques, a former Portuguese tennis player, will be the director of this academy, whose main benefits will be for the Kuwait Tennis Federation.
Nadal will travel tomorrow to Cape Town, where he will participate in another exhibition match, on this occasion for charity led by his great friend Roger Federer. It is the Match in Africa 6 event. In the scheduled doubles match, Federer will be accompanied by the American philanthropist Bill Gates and Nadal, on the other side of the court, will be assisted by the South African presenter and comedian Trevor Noah.