Toni Nadal, Coach of Rafael Nadal
Uncle Toni Nadal, who was himself a professional tennis player, introduced Rafael Nadal to the game at the age of 3, and the rest as they say, is history. There have been a lot of stories about the duo and few of them are:
- At the age of 8, Uncle Toni Nadal intensified Rafa’s training and encouraged him to play left handed to get a natural advantage, when he observed that Rafa used both his hands to hit the forehand.
- To make Nadal understand that winning is just about shear will, attitude, determination and dedication, Uncle Toni used to make Nadal play in the poorest conditions possible, that is, poor tennis courts and with bad balls.
Because of the long tenure in which he has coached Nadal, Toni Nadal holds the record for the most successful coach with 14 Grand Slams under his name. Such has been the relationship between Toni and Rafa, that despite heavy criticism of his coach Toni Nadal, Rafa has always backed him and taken responsibilities to any and every defeat he has suffered.