Nadal donates €1 million to flood victims in Mallorca

Sant Llorenc mayor Mateu Puigros said Rafael Nadal is a "special person" after he made a huge donation to flood victims.

Rafael Nadal had opened the doors of his academy in October to aid those affected by the flash floods in Majorca.   -  Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has donated €1 million to help victims of the floods in his native Mallorca.

The world number two helped out with the clean-up operation after a tragedy in Sant Llorenc which claimed the lives of 13 people in October. He also made his academy available for residents seeking shelter.

Nadal, born only 10 kilometres away from the town which was so badly damaged by flash floods, has also provided huge financial support to those affected, having been forced to cancel a planned exhibition match to raise funds after undergoing ankle surgery.

Sant Llorenc mayor Mateu Puigros wrote in an open letter: "It is a big help from a very special person, someone who shows his love for our land and its neighbours every day.

"He shows his love for his homeland wherever he goes and he shows it in all aspects because he is one of us. We know of his immense affection and humanity, which is as great as his talent and results. We have seen this on and off the court."