Rafa Nadal mourns his maestro grandfather

Rafa Nadal mourns his maestro grandfather


norman lebrecht

September 08, 2015

Maestro Rafael Nadal died yesterday on Majorca, his home island, at the age of 86.

He founded and directed the chorus of the Teatre Principal in Palma and taught for 40 years at the music school in Manacor. His proudest moment was conducting a professional performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony.

He was also happy to share the limelight with his tennis champion grandson, who has been playing in the US Open.


photo: Mallorca Zeitung


  • John says:

    Actually he isn’t presently playing the US Open – he was knocked-out in the third round. The extraordinary statistic is that it ends a run of ten successive years when he won at least one grand slam tournament. No other man has achieved that and only Chris Evert with 13 successive years has topped Nadal’s run.

  • Cindy says:

    I hope that Rafa was able to make it back to Mallorca to see his grandfather before he passed. My condolences to Rafa and the entire Nadal family.