India, now with 105% more clay.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
After Roger Federer and Serena both made time in their busy schedules after their Australian Open wins to visit their philanthropic projects in Africa, Rafael Nadal joined the Do-Gooders Club, as he turned up in India this week with his mamá Ana Maria to inaugurate a tennis school sponsored by his foundation in collaboration with the Rural Development Trust.
The aim of the school is to offer education to lower-caste children, providing not only academic subjects but also other interests including sport and the performing arts.
At the Anantapur Sports Village in Andhra Pradesh, Rafa toured the school, consisting of three – you guess it – clay courts, a pavilion and some classrooms for underprivileged children.
There, Rafa spent 2 hours playing tennis with some of the 120 children present, and urged the kids to improve their tennis by his next visit.
“I’m very conscious that I can use my image to help make a difference on a large scale,” said Rafa, “I’m really happy to visit the school and meet children who will study here. I hope they will like it and this project will help them get an education and have all they need. “It gives me great happiness knowing I’m helping them have a better childhood and I hope they make the best of this opportunity. I’d love to come back in a few years and see those who studied here.”
Yer go, tennis.