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Rafael Nadal is accustomed to addressing big audiences on the biggest stages, but his latest appearance at his own academy saw a rather hilarious start to his speech.
Nadal made his first public address since his devastating loss at Roland Garros to eventual champion Novak Djokovic earlier this week.
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The Spaniard was addressing the graduation class of 2021 at the 'Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy' in Mallorca.
Nadal took to the podium, much to the delight of the tennis graduates behind him, as the 20-time Grand Slam champ prepared to offer some words of wisdom.
But his presentation got off to the worst possible start as a gust of wind blew his speech across the podium.
"Not a good start," Nadal joked.
Thanks to the help of some students, Nadal was able to quickly gather his paper.
But in typical Nada fashion, he quipped: "That was like my last match at Roland Garros."
Nadal was clearly referring to his shock loss to Djokovic.
Fans enjoyed seeing Nadal's sense of humour following such a brutal blow in his Grand Slam pursuit.
Rafa Nadal's words of wisdom
Nadal offered some words of wisdom for the students during his speech.
"Soon you will realise, nothing in your life is easy. It is then, you will have to put into practice everything you have learnt from your families and your teachers," he said.
"I have told previous students, something that I repeat today, because for me it is fundamental.
"Always surround yourself with good people. And stay away from harmful people who don't contribute anything to you.
"If you rely on your family, on your good friends and mentors, everything will be easier for you."
Nadal shocked fans when he said he couldn't confirm if he would participate at Wimbledon after needing time to rest following his clay court campaign.
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