“Pumped Up”: Uncle Toni Believes Rafael Nadal Will Have an Amazing Clay-Court Season

Published 04/09/2021, 4:05 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


It is quite surprising news for fans as Toni Nadal is set to join the coaching team of Felix Auger-Aliassime. Toni has previously worked with Rafael Nadal and the pair had won 16 Grand Slam titles together. However, Rafa parted ways with his uncle in 2017, who will begin his coaching career now, in 2021 yet again.

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In a recent interview, Uncle Toni talked extensively about Rafael Nadal. With the clay-court season coming up, he reflected that he saw the World No.3 player training hard in Mallorca before that. He also revealed that Rafa looks all pumped up and is playing pretty well at the moment.

“He is pumped up. I saw him training in Mallorca and I think he is playing pretty well,” said Toni Nadal in the interview.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Guido Pella of Argentina in their quarter-final match. Day six of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Uncle Toni and Rafael Nadal were surely one of the best player-coach duo in the history of the sport. Even though they won almost every single Grand Slam, it was the clay surface that they dominated completely. Interestingly, Rafa won 10 French Open titles under Uncle Toni.

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“Can have a good clay-court season”- Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal

Toni Nadal believes that Nadal can have an amazing clay-court season yet again in 2021. He clearly feels that Rafa is still the ‘King of Clay’ and can manage to win yet another Roland Garros title.

 Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“He can have a good clay-court season,” added Rafa’s former coach.

Even though the two have parted ways, they surely still respect each other and want the better for the other person. Recently, Rafa too cleared the air and claimed that he never fired his uncle from the job.

With the clay-court season approaching, Rafa will surely look forward to playing some exceptional tennis there. He’ll begin his campaign at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 and will aim to conquer it. Will Rafa be able to surpass Roger Federer’s Grand Slam tally by lifting the French Open title this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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