Toni Nadal, former coach and uncle of Rafa Nadal, He said that he has not spoken with the tennis player about a possible withdrawal, with which there is speculation, but he has stated that “in his mind he is not retiring for now.”
“Another thing is what the doctors say or that he has more pain than he touches,” Rafael Nadal’s uncle qualifies.
After more than two decades with one of the best tennis players of all time, Toni Nadal points out that “the moment is still good” for the man from Manacor and he is convinced that “if he is fit, he will continue”.
Rafa Nadal suffered an injury during the second round of the 2023 Australian Open and although with pain in his left leg he managed to finish the matchwas eliminated and now “he has to rest for three or four more weeks,” says his uncle.
This situation has put him in a difficult position to win a new Grand Slam and break the tie at 22 that he has with his eternal rival on the court, the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, recent winner of the Australian Open.
Toni Nadal considers that overcoming him “is difficult because Djokovic is fresher than him”, although he is hopeful that “he will have options at Roland Garros” and after France, “we’ll see”.
“In the end it is a complicated fight against a great champion like Djokovic”, emphasizes Nadal’s former coach, who prefers “not to make predictions” about the result.
Regarding what his nephew has left to do in tennis, Toni Nadal understands that it is not about “winning this or another tournament” but about “continuing the fight”, since “what he has left is to continue doing what he wants to do.” he likes it and keep fighting, which is what he has gotten used to from a very young age”.
He will also have to “try to get the titles that may come,” he points out, but “Knowing that his career, whatever he does, has been a great career. Now you have to make this last effort to continue, as it has been doing for a long time”.
Regarding the level of Spanish tennis, he stresses that it has been “very high for many years now” and mentions figures from various generations such as Emilio Sánchez Vicario, Conchita Martínez, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyá -current coach of Rafa Nadal-, David Ferrer or Fernando Verdasco.
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