“Accomplished This Mission”: Uncle Toni Reveals Why He Stopped Coaching Rafael Nadal


Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal

Toni Nadal, the former coach and uncle of Rafael Nadal, is pleased with what he did for his nephew. The 59-years-old Spaniard said that he is grateful for a former coachman of 20-time Grand Slam champion.

In a recent conversation with Süddeutsche Zeitung, the famous coach Toni Nadal revealed the reason behind his split up with his nephew and his goals. 

Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal

Toni Nadal said, “I have been a very demanding coach my whole life. But my goal has always been above all to educate Rafa, to demand everything of himself. The job of a trainer is to make himself unnecessary.” Quotes translated into English via Google Translate

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Rafael Nadal has won 86 career titles, including 20 Grand Slam and 35 Masters titles so far. He is also considered one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. 

Uncle continued, “I think I accomplished this mission and that you also have to know when to stop at the right time. I don’t miss my previous life with Rafa. I know I was very lucky to coach a great player who is also my nephew. And I appreciated this and am also very grateful for it.” 

Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal

“I am Not Bored At All, and I Like Coaching Young People”: Toni Nadal

Toni Nadal has been working with youngsters at the Rafa Nadal Academy since retirement.    

Speaking about post-retirement days, Uncle said, “Today, I am not bored at all, and I like coaching young people, I even have the feeling that I can give them even more than my nephew.”

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