Azaan Azim, a 11-year-old tennis player in Bangladesh, was selected for Nadal Academy for training and had an exclusive meeting with the world-famous tennis star Rafael Nadal.
"Following our conscious efforts and reviewing the video of my aptitude for tennis playing and training, the Rafa Nadal Academy sent me a confirmation email, and my dream journey began. Nadal Academy is located in Spain, a spectacular island in the Mediterranean Sea. My parents and I started our journey to Rafa Academy in July 2022," Azaan said in a statement Sunday (6 November).
After visit to the academy, his tennis playing skills were tested.
"Meanwhile, I got an opportunity to meet Nadal and talk to him. When Nadal came to know that I had come from Bangladesh to his academy for tennis training, he was very happy and presented me with a cap autographed by him to motivate me. The meeting with Rafael Nadal was a memorable moment in my life."
After successful completion of the 14 days training, Azaan was awarded a certificate signed by Nadal and a crest.
Currently, he is receiving training under the national coach of Bangladesh Tennis Federation.
"My parents dream that I will become a great tennis player in the future and bring glory to the country by representing Bangladesh in the international arena. That is why I am preparing to participate in various training and competitions at home and abroad," his statement read.