Above is the centre court at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Mallorca with Rafa and the staff, residents and students movingly showing their respect for the lives lost in the flash floods that hit the neighbouring town of Sant Llorenç this week. The picture was shared by the ATP on its twitter feed and throughout the week, social media has been abuzz with tributes to the effort put in by the Academy...
The ATP's tweet and story summed up the reaction of the tennis community to the tragic events in Mallorca. There was sympathy and condolences for those who had been affected and tributes to those who died.
— ATP World Tour (ATPWorldTour) October 11, 2018
News of the tragedy quickly spread through social media and conventional news outlets. Soon it was clear that Rafa was anything but a bystander:
Rafa Nadal shows how much his country means to him pic.twitter.com/M2Uqgi1BYs
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 11, 2018
Support from Rafa's pro colleagues was quick to follow:
— ATP en Español (@ATPWorldTour_ES) October 11, 2018
Local Tennis Leagues adds condolences ahead of our own visit to the Academy later this month.