In the least surprising news of the day, Rafael Nadal is working hard.
The Spaniard has been conducting his off-season training at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, where he has been joined by other Top 100 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings.
Among the players who are training at the facility are Felix Auger-Aliassime, Emil Ruusuvuori and Lorenzo Sonego. On Friday, the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar posted a clip of Nadal practising with Ruusuvori, which caught the attention of former players and well-known coaches, Darren Cahill and Brad Gilbert.
Intensity on every shot in practice. The normal by Rafa. Never a wasted second. https://t.co/9XpPAZcMdo
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) December 19, 2020
The little recovery steps back to middle every time are phenomenal, no lite shoot around for Vamos-Rafa 💪😎👊👍✅🎾 @darren_cahill https://t.co/v21BbIgmpQ
— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) December 19, 2020
“Liking this yearly routine😜. Always an honour to share the court with Rafael Nadal,” Ruusuvuori wrote on Instagram.
The Finn is one of six nominees for Newcomer of the Year in the 2020 ATP Awards. Ruusuvuori, who reached the Astana Open semi-finals, climbed to a career-high No. 84 in the FedEx ATP Rankings in November.
Sonego, who defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, hit with Nadal on Saturday. Auger-Aliassime has trained under the watchful eye of Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle.