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What It’s Like to Train Like Rafa

Welcome to Season 13, Episode 16, of the ParentingAces Podcast, a proud member of the Tennis Channel Podcast Network. This week, you get to hear all about my experience at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain, as well as information from the Head of Men’s and Women’s Tennis at the Academy, Project Manager for Avanza Sports, and several junior players who were training there during my visit. This episode is a little longer than usual, but I hope you’ll watch/listen to the entire podcast as each person offers a unique perspective on the Academy.

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Marc Gorriz is the Head of Men´s and Women Tennis for the Academy. He is a former 88 ATP singles and 73 doubles player as well as the former coach of ten Top 100 ATP/WTA players. Marc was brought on to help develop the tennis curriculum for the Academy at the beginning stages of its creation. He works closely with Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal to ensure the methodology stays true to their own training regimen. My interview with Marc starts around the 13-minute mark of the podcast.

Daniel del Val is a project manager for Avanza Sports and was our point person throughout our visit in Barcelona and Mallorca. He works with coaches and clubs around the world to provide a 5-star experience to everyone who participates in a junior or adult camp or full travel experience that includes premium seats at a top professional tennis tournament (ours was the Barcelona Open). My interview with Dani starts around the 35:30 mark of the podcast.

Alayna, Millie, Ashwin, Yashwin, Nigel, and Mateo are junior players of varying levels with a variety of tennis goals. You will hear about their different experiences at the Nadal Academy, what they learned, and what they will take away from their visit. My interviews with the junior players starts around the 49-minute mark of the podcast.

Daniel and Avanza Sports have set up a nice discount code for the ParentingAces community to attend any junior or adult camps during Summer 2024. You can see the full schedule of North and South American offerings at

For a discount to the camp (this will apply to all available camps during Summer 2024):

Junior Camp code $75 off: parentingacesjuniors
Adult camp code $50 off: parentingacesadults

For a discount on the International Travel Experience I did, which includes a city/tournament experience in addition to a week at the Nadal Academy, you will need to contact Daniel directly at [email protected]. *Be sure to mention ParentingAces in your email*.

If enough people are interested, Avanza Sports will set up a trip for the ParentingAces community, so please let me know if this is something you’d like me to pursue with Dani and the rest of the Avanza staff.

Follow both Avanza Sports and the Rafa Nadal Academy on social media to see updates and new offerings.

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Here is a short promo video produced by the Academy about its Junior programs:

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Intro & Outro Music: Morgan Stone aka STØNE

Audio & Video Editing: Lisa Stone


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    Lisa Stone on 13th Jun 2024

    Avanza Sports and ParentingAces are putting together an incredible trip for Spring 2025 that will include intensive training for the juniors and optional training for the parents as well as great seats at an ATP event, sight-seeing opportunities, and educational talks. If you are interested in attending – we will be limited to 50 junior players (plus family if desired) – please reach out to [email protected] so we can add you to our contact list. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

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