Rafael Nadal “plays ball” with Buenos Aires 2018
Just days before winning his first title of 2015 at the Argentina Open, tennis superstar and Olympic champion Rafael Nadal took time out of his busy training schedule to host a workshop with local youngsters in Buenos Aires, the host city of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
Hosted by the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee, Nadal held a special master class with 350 local children from the less privileged neighbourhoods in the southern quarter of the city - the location for the Youth Olympic Village during the Games in just over three years’ time.
In line with the host city’s vision to “bring sport to the people”, Nadal held skills sessions and interacted with the children, inspiring them to continue with the sport of tennis and aim for events such as the Youth Olympic Games.
Nadal himself was inspired by the young talent, several of whom will attend the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. He commented, “I’m really happy to be able to share this moment with the kids – they are our future.”
Joined by the city’s Mayor, Mauricio Macri, the morning session was a mixture of tennis, music and laughter, and just one of the many motivating events that the city will run for its young population in the build-up to the Youth Olympic Games.