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Rafael Nadal helps with clean-up operation after deadly Majorca floods

Hannah Wilks in News 11 Oct 2018
  • Rafael Nadal was seen helping with the clean-up after devastating floods hit his home island of Majorca
  • Nadal also opened his tennis academy to shelter victims of the disaster
Rafael Nadal helped with clean-up operations in the wake of devastating floods on his native island of Majorca

Rafael Nadal helps with clean-up operation after deadly Majorca floods.


World no. 1 Rafael Nadal was seen helping locals clear mud from their houses in the wake of devastating floods on his home island of Majorca. He also opened his tennis academy to offer shelter to victims of the disaster.

Members of a military search & rescue unit gather at the Rafael Nadal Academy  (Photo by Clara Margais/Getty Images)
Ten people have been confirmed dead after torrential rainstorms hit the area around Sant Llorenc des Cardassar on the Balearic island of Majorca on Tuesday night, with eight inches of rain falling in just four hours. Vehicles were swept away as waves of muddy water poured through narrow streets.

Hundreds of residents have been forced to evacuate to nearby shelters and some are still missing, including a five-year-old child.

Nadal was born on Majorca in the town of Manacor and still lives there. In autumn 2016, he opened the Rafael Nadal Academy.

The world no. 1 is currently at home recuperating from the knee injury which saw him retire against Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals of the US Open. He pulled out of scheduled events in Beijing and Shanghai, leaving his world no. 1 ranking under threat from a revived Novak Djokovic, who captured the Wimbledon and US Open titles.

On Wednesday morning, Nadal tweeted a message of condolences to victims of the flood and announced that the Nadal Academy was offering shelter for those displaced by the floods. 



Sad day in Mallorca. My sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenç. As we did yesterday, we offer the facilities of @rnadalacademy today for all those who need accommodation.

Nadal and students at his academy observed a minute's silence for victims of the disater (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) 


The Spanish parliament observed a minute's silence for victims of the disaster, as did students at the Rafael Nadal Academy. Nadal observed it alongside them.

According to BBC journalist Gavin Lee, a cousin of a close friend of Nadal's was among those killed in the floods. 



Nadal was also spotted with a broom in hand, helping residents in Sant Llorenc clear the mud from their homes.



Novak Djokovic recorded a message of sympathy after winning his match at the Shanghai Masters. 



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