Alex Eala meets Rafa Nadal on eve of W25 tourney

Published March 3, 2021, 1:31 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from Alex Eala’s Facebook account

Teen wonder Alex Eala hopes her meeting with her tennis idol would give her more motivation when she competes in the opening round of the $25,000 ITF Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar World Tennis Tour in Manacor, Spain Wednesday afternoon in Manila, March 3.

In a Facebook post on the eve of her match, Eala posted a photo of her with legend Rafa Nadal.

“So lucky, I get a photo with my idol!” Eala wrote.

“Thank you for all the opportunities and support, Rafa Nadal!”

The photo shows Eala standing beside Nadal with both of them wearing facemasks.

As a scholar of the Rafa Nadal Academy, Eala has met the tennis superstar a couple of times and even had a few photos with him in the past.

But once seems not enough for the 15-year-old Filipino sensation, who is seeking for her second pro title in her young tennis career.

Last January, Nadal congratulated Eala in a social media post for winning her first pro title at the $15,000 event also in Manacor.

Eala tries her luck in the $25,000 tournaments this time to improve her Women’s Tennis Association ranking of No. 763.