Feel­ing Side­lined, Un­cle Toni to Quit as Rafa’s Coach

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games - Adriana Gar­cia

Rafael Nadal’s un­cle, Toni Nadal, will step down as his coach af­ter this year’s ATP Tour, as he feels he has been side­lined by other fig­ures in the player’s en­tourage, he told an Ital­ian ten­nis magazine.

The 55-year-old has been with the 14-times g r a nd sl a m cha mpion si nc e b efor e t he Spa­niard broke into the big-time by win­ning the French Open as a teenager in 2005. Two weeks af­ter watch­ing his nephew lose in five sets to Roger Fed­erer in the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal, Toni Nadal told Il Ten­nis Ital­iano web­site that af­ter this sea­son he wants to con­cen­trate on train­ing emerg­ing play­ers. “From next year I will no longer fol­low Rafael on the cir­cuit but will ded­i­cate my­self ex­clu­sively to our acad­emy,” he said, re­fer­ring to the Rafa Nadal Acad­emy which opened —Getty Images last Oc­to­ber in Mal­lorca. “The re­la­tion­ship with my nephew has al­ways been ex­cel­lent, in all these years we have never had pe­ri­ods of cri­sis,” he said, but added that he has felt in­creas­ingly side­lined by Nadal’s man­ager Car­los Costa and the player’s fa­ther. “The truth is that ev­ery year I am mak­ing fewer de­ci­sions, to the point that I won’t be de­cid­ing any­thing any­more!” For mer World nu mber one a nd fel low Mal lorc a n Ca rlo s Moya joi ne d Nada l’s coach­ing staf f this sea­son, hop­ing to help re­vive the player’s ca­reer af­ter two in­jury­plagued years.

Nadal, with­out a grand slam ti­tle since win­ning the French Open for a ninth time in 2014, with­drew from last year’s tour­na­ment and missed Wim­ble­don be­cause of a wrist in­jury.

Toni Nadal (L) and Rafael Nadal

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