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Nadal "puts parents' minds at rest" after students stuck at academy

Nadal "puts parents' minds at rest" after students stuck at academy

With the coronavirus pandemic closing numerous borders, the 19-time major champion has ensured safety and care come first with those stranded at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

As the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing down, countries have closed their borders in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus. This has forced airlines and other transportation to stand down, leaving people stranded without any means to return to their respective countries.

In an open letter earlier this week, Rafael Nadal detailed the measures the Rafa Nadal Academy by Moviestar has taken in Mallorca to care for its personnel and international students, which hail from 42 different nations, by upholding its responsibility to put safety first.

"I would like to take this opportunity to put the parents’ minds at rest and to tell you all that your children are being very well looked after by a great team that is giving their all every single minute to take care of their health,” the Spaniard said. “I know you want to be with your children and we hope that moment will arrive soon."

Nadal stated that the academy has since closed access to the public to make "avoid any infection from the outside," after consulting with the Superior Sports Council and the Balearic Islands’ Regional Ministry of Health to uphold the current law.

"The outcome of these conversations has allowed some coaching and support staff, as well as cleaning personnel, who have all volunteered, to confine themselves within the facilities in order to be able to look after these players who have to stay at the Academy during this time."

Meanwhile, the ATP, WTA and ITF put out a joint statement Wednesday to announce that the tours will now be suspended through June 7. According to CNN, there are over 218,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide as of Thursday.