Rafael Nadal's home island of Mallorca was hit by deadly flash flooding on Tuesday. The world No. 1 jumped right in to help, cleaning up the ravaged muddy streets and assisting in any way he can.
Three-time Laureus Award winner and tennis icon @RafaelNadal pitches in to help flood victims in the nearby Majorcan town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar.— Laureus (@LaureusSport) October 10, 2018
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At least 10 deaths have been reported and residents of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar are sifting through debris and cleaning piles of mud that have covered their homes inside and out.
Tennis star @RafaelNadal joined in the operation to tidy up after Majorca was hit by extreme floods, which resulted in some deaths.— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 11, 2018
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The Spanish island is also home to the Rafa Nadal Academy, which opened its doors to the flood victims. The Academy housed some 50 victims, while more than 200 residents of the area have been forced out of their homes.
"Sad day in Majorca," Nadal wrote on Twitter. "My heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the serious floods in Sant Llorenc. As we did yesterday we offer today the facilities @rnadalacademy for all those affected that need accommodation."
Día triste en Mallorca. Mi más sincera condolencia a los familiares de los fallecidos y heridos por las graves inundaciones en San Llorenç. Tal y como hicimos ayer volvemos a ofrecer hoy las instalaciones de @rnadalacademy para todos los afectados que necesiten alojamiento— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) October 10, 2018
When he's not on tour, Nadal spends the majority of his free time in Mallorca where he sails, spends time with friends and family, trains and rehabs.
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Two days ago devastating flash flooding affected parts of Mallorca, in Sant Lorenç, 10 lives were lost and sadly there is still one child missing (Source: El País). The images we have posted are from various sources showing Rafa on the streets of Sant Lorenç helping locals clean up and recover from this disaster. Rafa also kindly offered rooms at his academy to provide shelter to many of the displaced persons. #Rafaelnadal #localhero #mallorca #respect #santlorenc #spain #reliefeffort #rafa #rafanadal ???? and info sources: Jordi Cotrina/El País/ #repost @lelperiodico_cas #repost @juan_mas_pedrajas
Nadal is around to help this week because he missed Beijing and Shanghai with an injured knee. Roger Federer, who's safely through to the quarterfinals, sent Nadal and Mallorca a message:
Novak Djokovic, who's also into the Shanghai quarterfinals, added his own message:
Nadal is expected to return in Paris for the final ATP Masters 1000 of the year.
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