Famous Spanish actress Cristina Castano visited Rafa Nadal Academy to promote the Go Spain project, which aims to document the revival of Rafael Nadal's homeland after the pandemic. “For those of you who do not know him in person, you should know that he is really charming, and that under the masks we are smiling, hahaha…” wrote Castano on Instagram, who then added: "With Rafael Nadal in the Rafa Nadal Academy’s Sports Centre, promoting the Go Spain event.
Thank you Rafa for your time and for receiving us so well in your house." Besides thanking Nadal for his welcome, the actress praised the Mallorcan for his attractive looks and behavior, while making a reference at what happened under their face masks in the photo.
Cristina Castano is most known for her role as psychologist Judith Becker in the series La que se avecina.
Gracias Rafa por tu tiempo y por recibirnos tan bien en tu casa. Para los que no lo conozcáis en persona, que sepáis que es un auténtico encanto, y que debajo de las mascarillas estamos sonriendo, jajaja... #gospain #palma #mallorca #rafanadal #cristinacastaño
Alcaraz: "Rafael Nadal is my idol"
Rafael Nadal was arguably the most successful player in tennis history.
The Spanish champion won his first match at ATP level at the age of 16 and three years later was already the Roland Garros champion. Comparisons with other young talents have been inevitable in recent years. For some time now, Carlos Alcaraz has been highly talked about, the great promise of Iberian tennis and nicknamed 'Baby Nadal' by many.
It will not be easy for Spain to manage the legacy of the 19-time Grand Slam champion, who this year could equal Roger Federer's all-time record if they triumph at Roland Garros. The former world number 1 has in fact decided not to fly to New York for the US Open, a choice that was in the air since the resumption of training.
"I haven't talked much to Rafa, but he's my idol because of his behivior, attitude and passion for tennis" - said Alcaraz, who this year became the youngest player to win an ATP match. since 2013 (as well as the youngest Spaniard since Nadal himself).
Carlos is followed by a former world number 1, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who compared his pupil's game to that of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. “If I have to be honest, his way of playing is more similar to that of Djokovic and Federer.
They like to be aggressive from the back line and go to the net to close the point. I understand that there are high expectations, also because it is a long time that here in Spain we have not had any such strong boy of 16 or 17 years-old.
We must try to protect him from excessive pressure, so that he can safely go his way. The comparison with the other great Spaniards will be inevitable, but our goal is to help him keep things normal to keep him calm" - clarified Ferrero.