Tennis South Africa has announced a partnership with South African sports tour operator, Sim Tours, that will see the launch of annual Rafa Nadal Academy tennis camps across the country.
Managed by Sim Tours and run by coaches from the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain, the six-day tennis camps will provide participants with access to the academy’s training philosophy – “focused on developing an attractive, technically and tactically skilled, forward-playing game”.
“We are delighted to partner with Sim Tours and Tennis SA to expand our camps and to bring our methodology to local players. Building upon the success of our academy in Spain, this will be a great way for South African players to get a taste of our values, as well as to support the growth of tennis,” said Toni Nadal, Tennis Director of the Rafa Nadal Academy.
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The partnership commences with the first camp in Cape Town in late-December 2021, with further camp dates, in other parts of South Africa, to be announced in due course.
“This camp brings our motto of ‘Experience the Dream’ closer to all tennis-loving South Africans. We are delighted to bring this opportunity to junior and adult players of all abilities – the same RNA expertise at a quarter of the price of travelling abroad. The camp theme will be based on one of Rafa’s famous quotes, ‘The glory is being happy. The glory is not winning here or winning there. The glory is enjoying practicing, enjoy every day, enjoying to work hard, trying to be a better player than before,’ said Rasthoem Simons, Managing Director of Sim Tours.
“We are delighted to endorse and support this exciting initiative. The camps will provide local players with a unique opportunity to be exposed to the latest trends and best practise in international tennis coaching, without having to leave the country. Furthermore, in the interests of inclusivity, a certain number of complimentary places will be made available to players from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said TSA Director of Tennis, Jeff Coetzee.