If Rafael Nadal has become the champion we know today, a lot is due to his uncle Toni Nadal. The two have collaborated for many years and Toni has instilled fundamental principles both on and off the court. Host of a podcast organized by CEU, Toni has expressed a series of very interesting reflections.
Toni said: “Complaining in life never leads anywhere. I always told Rafael Nadal not to complain, because he would not help him. The goal was to do everything possible to win, but if we hadn’t succeeded it would not have been a failure.”
Toni’s role has changed a lot over the years: “Being the coach of a growing boy is not the same as being the coach of a professional player. When the pupil is very young, the coach must first of all be an educator, while on a professional level one often becomes subjected to the player’s will.”
Toni Nadal: “I’ve always told Rafael Nadal not to complain”
Toni stressed the importance of self-evaluation: “When I was 20, I analyzed myself thoroughly and realized that I would not become a great player. This is why I decided to devote myself to something else. In life it is very important to always have goals and objectives, otherwise everything becomes boring.”
Rafael Nadal has had to deal with numerous problems during this season. The former world number 1 played the misery of seven tournaments in 2021, managing to score a couple of titles (Barcelona and Rome).
His foot injury affected much of his year, preventing him from giving his best, especially at the Roland Garros. The 35-year-old from Manacor hoped to win his 14th trophy in Paris, which would allow him to hoist himself to 21 Majors overcoming eternal rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Rafa was forced to give up Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to the ever-growing pain. After trying a timid return to Washington, the Spanish phenomenon has decided to close its 2021 early.