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Rafael Nadal Celebrates Ambitious 2016 with Cosentino at Crown Melbourne


The World Loves Melbourne attended an exclusive event at Crown Melbourne with Rafael Nadal and Cosentino ahead of the Australian Open tennis.

Cosentino Australia and global ambassador Rafael Nadal have teamed up for an exclusive event at Crown Melbourne to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, sponsored by Cosentino, which is set to open its doors in May 2016. 

The new Rafa Nadal Academy will be an educational sports project dedicated to shaping values, promoting tennis among children and finding new talent. The Cosentino team has worked alongside the tennis champion to build the Academy in their shared home country of Spain. Dekton by Cosentino® will grace the spaces of the Academy through facades, flooring and cladding while Silestone® feature in the kitchens and bathrooms of the complex.

Rafael Nadal said, “The Australian Open is one of my favourite tournaments and it’s great to welcome this year to Melbourne my partners at Cosentino to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Academy as well as their ongoing success in Australia and internationally. It’s always important to keep improving your game and my fellow Spaniards atCosentino continue to work hard to achieve excellence. I’ve worked hard to arrive at this year’s Open in good condition and I’m looking forward to having the Cosentino team cheer me at the tournament!”

Gary Isherwood, Area Director for Cosentino Australia said, "We are excited to be starting 2016 with Rafael Nadal, celebrating his ongoing success as well as Cosentino's achievements. Last year was another great year for Cosentino and our clients, and we plan for this year to be bigger and better! We're really looking forward to the opening of theRafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, and we are privileged to play a part in helping Rafael bring this dream to life. We can't wait to see him in action at the Australian Open next week."

With this same commitment to innovation, Cosentino celebrates its fifth year of operation in Australia in 2016, as the Spanish company continues to build momentum since launch. It has set itself even more ambitious plans in 2016, continuing its expansion across Australia following its entry into Victoria and Queensland in 2014 and Tasmania in 2015. 

Just as the world’s biggest tennis stars will be put to the test at the Australian Open, Dekton® and Silestone® are subjected to a similar force every day, with a range of uses and applications, Cosentino’s technology and design are constantly tested to deliver more advanced solutions for the design and architectural industry worldwide. Dekton® byCosentino is the most advanced ultra-compact surface, manufactured using a mixture of sophisticated inorganic, raw materials found in glass, porcelain and natural quartz. 

Guests enjoyed drinks at Club 23 with Rafa speaking about the Rafa Nadal Academy and his relationship with Cosentino, interviewed by Simon Honan, General Manager Victoria from Cosentino.

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Then it was on to adjacent fine dining restaurant Silks in Crown Melbourne, where guests enjoyed a sumptuous Chinese style dinner with spectacular views of the Yarra River.

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Silks delivers on sophisticated cuisine and professional service. The Stir-fried scallops and the Lightly battered King Prawns were delightful dishes. We enjoyed the company of top designers, builders, architects and media at our table.

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Peking Duck in a thin pancake was a highlight; delicate and full of flavour.

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Thanks to Simon, Andrea and Jackie for an amazing evening. And to Rafa and his team for being so delightful and accessible.

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We were satiated with such an enjoyable and festive evening with Cosentino taking all before them. We are looking forward to watching Rafa at the Australian Open!