Rafael Nadal Has Not Won ‘Everything’, Asserts Uncle Toni

Published 10/20/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 03: (L-R) Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal of Spain chat during a practice session ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 3, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Rafael Nadal’s uncle, Toni Nadal, had been in association with the Spaniard from the very beginning of his career in 1990. Under Toni’s leadership, the former World No.1 has achieved tremendous feats on the ATP tour. In a recent interview, Toni Nadal answered some intriguing questions about Rafael Nadal.

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Interestingly, the questions were asked by people of different ages and genders. Uncle Toni, who is famous for his candid behavior, didn’t hesitate to answer any of the questions posed.

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Rafael Nadal’s Uncle on his nephew’s motivation

It’s been four years since Rafael Nadal parted ways with his uncle, Toni Nadal professionally. Following this, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is currently being coached by Carlos Mayo and Francisco Roig.

In the interview, Uncle Toni was asked, “How can we regain motivation?” To this, Uncle Nadal replied, “I‘ve been asked many times how to motivate a guy who has won everything. First of all, Rafael has not won everything.”

Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Toni Nadal (R) speak during a training session prior to the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Toni Nadal added, “In fact, he has gained absolutely nothing from what is to come. If a guy who is lucky that life has gone well and has challenges ahead of him is not motivated, then he is ungrateful. I believe that one has to be motivated in life.”

Toni Nadal admitted that his nephew hasn’t achieved everything in his professional career. He wants Rafael Nadal to stay focused and determined as the worst is in front of him. Earlier Uncle Nadal had confessed that the former World No. still has 2-3 good years left with him. He’ll be hoping that Rafa can reach his previous level and dominate the tour again.

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Toni Nadal on future of Rafael Nadal

Just a few weeks ago, when asked to speak on Rafael Nadal’s injury update, Toni Nadal released some positive news on the Spaniard. He stated, He is encouraged and I think he will get through this once again. I am optimistic and my feeling is that 2022 can be a good season for him and that he has 2 or 3 good years left, but as time progresses everything is more complicated.”

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Though the 2021 season is about to end, Rafael Nadal hasn’t released any official statement on his comeback to the tennis courts. What do you think, when will Nadal mark his return?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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