Spaniard Rafael Nadal has been honoured at a ceremony in Mallorca for the help he provided Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in October 2018 after torrential rain and flashing flooding devastated the town.
The storms resulted in the death of 13 people and led to more than 200 people fleeing, with hundreds of homes and businesses swamped with dirty water that reached levels of two meters.
Nadal spent hours helping volunteers to clean up the area and opened up rooms at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar for those who needed refuge. The 35-year-old also provided a donation of one million euros through his foundation.
Now, the 20-time major champion has been given the title ‘adopted son’ by the city council of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in recognition of his support.
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Nadal has not competed since he reached the third round in Washington in August, with his season curtailed due to a foot injury. The World No. 6 underwent treatment on the injury in September.
When speaking at the ceremony, Nadal stated he was unsure of when he will return to match action but is working hard and following a specific daily plan with clear goals.