Week 260 (6 - 12 October 2018)
As Rafael Nadal was recovering from a knee injury at his home in Majorca this week, record floods hit his home town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar with a speed and ferocity that claimed the lives of at least 10 people.
The tennis star was clearly affected by the scenes of devastation to his community and wasted no time in rolling up his sleeves and helping with the clean-up operation.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was pictured on Wednesday mopping up the floor of a warehouse, wearing waterproof boots and gloves, an image that has been circulated over 4,000 times on Twitter and was on the front page of The Times newspaper.
Nadal has also opened up his tennis academy on the island to the homeless. He tweeted: “Sad day in Majorca, my sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenc.
As we did yesterday we offer today the facilities of @Rnadalacdemy for all Those Who Need accommodation.”
He has been photographed standing alongside students and workers of his tennis academy in Manacor, honouring the victims of the flash flood that has affected the island of Majorca.
Roger Federer, who is competing at the Shanghai Masters this week, released a video after his victory against Robert Bautista Agut in support of his friend Nadal, “Hello to all the people in Majorca, I am very sorry about the news and I know how important Majorca is to Rafa.
I have seen Rafa helping around the villages where he comes from and it is nice to see and very inspiring. You have our support.
Rafa, we think of everybody in Majorca and we wish you a lot of strength in these difficult times.”
Fellow rival Novak Djokovic, also in Shanghai, sent out a video message, saying, "A big hug and friendly regards to Rafa and well-done amigo for helping out. I invite anyone to give their support in anyway they can. Gracias”.
Due to his hard work and dedication to his local community and using his status to raise awareness across the world, he is JTA Communicator of the Week.
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