Rafal Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their quarter final round match at the PTT Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Oct . 1, 2010. Nadal beat Kukushkin 6-2, 6-3 (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn
Wason Wanichakorn
November 24, 2014

MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal will open a tennis academy on his home island of Mallorca in 2016.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the academy in his home town of Manacor.

Nadal says ''this is a special day for me, this project that we have been working on for many years is finally a reality.''

He says the plan is to ''begin with a summer camp in 2016.''

The academy will include a school where promising tennis talents can continue their regular studies.

The 28-year-old Nadal is recovering from the removal of his appendix earlier this month. He has said he will return to competition in January.

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