Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle and coach will step down as Nadal’s coach after this year’s ATP tours as he has said he wants to focus less on travelling and more on developing young talents.
Toni Nadal who is usually credited as the man behind Nadal’s success introduced Nadal to tennis when he was 4 years old and has helped Nadal who is now 30 years old to win 67 titles including 14 grand slams. He is also the man who instigated Nadal to play left handed to give him an edge as the Spanish is naturally right handed.
The 57 year old revealed these two weeks after watching his nephew lose to Roger Federer IN THE Australian Open. ”I travelled with Rafa for many years, now I want to deal with the training of the young people and our academy is the ideal place” Toni said.
The surprise decision was made to allow Nadal’s uncle to spend more time working at the newly built Rafael Nadal academy. The academy features 26 tennis counts of different surfaces (both indoor and outdoor).
Rafael’s old friend and former Roland Garros winner Carlos Moya and former tennis pro Francisco Roig will take the reins full time, with Toni available if needed. There is yet to be any comment from the nine-time French Open champion regarding his uncle’s announcement.