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Nadal complimented the students’ efforts during these difficult times and urged them to pursue their dreams.
“We are very proud of you at the Academy. I thank all parents for the trust they have placed in us, especially in the moments we are going through. We have tried to meet expectations, we have tried to do things as best as possible given all that is going on, “said Nadal. “We have gone through very difficult and complicated times. I hope this has been a learning period for all of you. Life, most of the time, is not easy. I hope this period has helped you gain strength and experience to meet the challenges you may face in the future.
“We can learn from all of this that we need to be surrounded by good people, from those who give us positive things to make life more positive. It is vital to make the right decisions at key times in our lives. ”
Federer, who videotaped the ceremony, wished the students good luck, no matter where their lives go, on or off the field.
“I’m sure you had a great learning experience at the Academy at the school. But as far [from the classroom], I hope you learned from Rafa. He is champion in many ways. He is very humble, ”said Federer. “Always remember to be nice. Remember to be nice to others. You are as strong as your team and I hope you will continue and have a wonderful career in everything you do, and when you look at these days at the Academy, [you remember them] like some of the best days of your life. ”
Movistar’s Rafa Nadal Academy, where grade 12 students train in the field, installed its facilities to allow for social distancing during the graduation ceremony. The event included a minute of silence in memory of the victims of COVID-19.
Former WTA world No. 1 Maria Sharapova also sent a video message to the students before the ceremony ended, when Nadal helped hand out the degrees to the students.