Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy (HKGTA) is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the world-renowned Rafa Nadal Academy (RNA). As part of the partnership, Asia’s first Rafa Nadal Tennis Center was launched at HKGTA to nurture the next generation of sporting talent in Hong Kong.
HKGTA’s landmark partnership with RNA to create the first Rafa Nadal Tennis Center in Asia demonstrates the shared sporting principles of both parties. It also represents its mother company New World Development Company Limited’s strong passion and commitment for fostering young talent in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area as a whole.
“Bringing the first Rafa Nadal Tennis Center to Asia is a ground-breaking milestone not only for HKGTA but for Hong Kong,” New World Development chief executive officer Adrian Cheng said. “We have so much talent locally, and it is wonderful to help bring such a prestigious institution to Hong Kong and give our potential next-generation tennis champions the world-class training they need to succeed.”
“We are very excited about this new international project in Hong Kong,” Rafael “Rafa” Nadal said. “Since the opening of the Academy in Mallorca five years ago, we have always found it very interesting to expand our methodology to more countries to reach as many people as possible.”
“For us, having reliable partners is essential, and for this reason I am grateful to the HKGTA team for their enormous confidence in us,” Nadal continued. “The facilities are spectacular and we will have great coaches leading the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center. I am convinced it will be a success.”
The prestige of the Rafa Nadal Academy is based on an elaborate methodology designed by the technical team that has taken Nadal to the top of the professional circuit. This large group of experienced coaches led by Toni Nadal aims to maximize the strengths of each player and bring out the best in each of them, on and off the court through a structured plan that is also implemented in the programs taught at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center.
By bringing RNA to the city, HKGTA hopes to support and encourage the next generation of tennis talent in Hong Kong with Rafa Nadal Tennis Center providing a level of high-performance training programs and competition opportunities that is unsurpassed regionally. A dedicated and experienced coaching team will be exclusively joining HKGTA direct from RNA in Spain, running and leading tailormade tennis programs in Hong Kong for the first time ever.
All coaches are experienced in the RNA methodology, which can be adapted to the age, level and needs of any player. Rafa Nadal Shop will also be opening at HKGTA, enabling players to look, feel and be as confident in their game as possible, with exclusive RNA products available for purchase.
HKGTA Foundation offers training sponsorships to two high-performance Hong Kong players
Bolstering NWD’s commitment to creating shared value (CSV) for the local community and cultivating a new wave of homegrown sporting champions, HKGTA Foundation will be offering prestigious tennis training sponsorships to two high-performance Hong Kong players, one male and one female. In addition to elite-level training from expert coaches, sponsorships will also include the potential opportunity for visits to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca, Spain, to further advance the recipients’ tennis skills and playing experience in a global setting.
These unique sponsorships aim to support the development of outstanding sporting potential in the city, reflecting NWD’s dedication to giving back to society and thus will be open to all tennis players in Hong Kong irrespective of whether they are HKGTA patrons. With the milestone opening of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center in Hong Kong, NWD and HKGTA are proud to continue taking sporting development and excellence to new heights in Asia.