Rafael Nadal has officially opened the “Roland-Garros Restaurant” in Mallorca which is a part of his foundation “Rafael Nadal Academy”. The Restaurant has images of some of the tennis greats who have made legendary records namely Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Bjorn Borg, firmer French Open champions as the decor inside. The Spaniard has his picture as well, as a part of the decor.
Steffi Graf, who dominated the year 1988, with a record of winning all Grand Slams and a gold medal in the same calendar year has won in Paris six times in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999. Chris Evert, seven times champion at French Open in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986 and Bjorn Borg won the tournament in the years 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981.
Known as ” King of Clay” because of having the most French Open trophies, a record of thirteen, Nadal designed his restaurant by taking inspiration from the restaurants at Roland Garros, as stated by Nadal Academy’s website. “The design of its decoration and furnishing were inspired by the restaurants used by the tournament itself,” wrote the official website.
Chris Evert, former World No. 1 responded to the tweet that informed about the involvement of her picture inside as a decor replied, “I knew I liked you, Rafael Nadal.”
— Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar (@rnadalacademy) February 9, 2022
She as well as wrote quoting the academy tweet, “Honoured”.
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) February 9, 2022
The restaurant intends to pay tribute to some of the legendary players at the Roland Garros tournament and tennis greats, and it will be open for lunch and dinner.
Nadal, coming back from the injuries that forced the player to withdraw from major tournaments the previous year, commenced his 2022 tennis season winning ATP Cup Summerset followed by his 2nd Australian Open trophy in Melbourne, a record of 21st Grand Slam defeating World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.