It has never been in question that one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, Rafael Nadal has a heart of gold. The Spanish tennis legend is deeply connected with the town of Mallorca in Spain, the place where he grew up and which he still calls his home. When the town was ravaged by devastating floods in October, which claimed the lives of 13 people, Rafa was the first one out of the blocks to help with the rehabilitation activities.
Pictures emerged of Nadal picking up a broomstick and helping clean up the wreckage on the streets of Mallorca soon after the floods. He also opened the gates of his tennis academy in the town, which acted as a makeshift shelter for people who lost their homes during the flood.
Nadal has now continued his generous streak by donating €1million to the city in order to build up the ravaged infrastructure again. €1.6million was already raised by the city to get it up back on its feet and the donation by Nadal will only further the cause.
The donation was confirmed by Mateu Puigròs, mayor of Sant Llorenç district, which was the worst one affected by the floods.
In a video message thanking Nadal, Puigros said, “It is help from a special person for all of us, who shows his love for our land and his neighbours every day, always showing it where he is and showing it in all aspects because he is one of us. We know of his immense affection and humanity which is as great as his talent and his results, we have seen this on and off the tennis courts.”
In times of trouble, Rafael Nadal continues to be a beacon of light for his hometown, which further testifies that not only is he a great champion on the court, but also a behemoth off it.