BREAKING: Rafael Nadal’s Uncle Toni Turns Felix Auger Aliassime’s Coach Ahead of Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/08/2021, 8:06 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Rafael Nadal of Spain discusses tatics with his coach Toni Nadal during a practice session prior to the start of ATP World Tour Finals Tennis at O2 Arena on November 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Super coach Toni Nadal is going to return to the tennis tour, but this time independent of his nephew, Rafael Nadal. This time the senior Nadal will be accompanying young Canadian sensation, Felix Auger Aliassime in the clay-court season as his coach.

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This will be Toni Nadal’s first coaching job since leaving Rafa Nadal’s team in 2017. Since 2017, he has been the head coach of the Rafa Nadal Academy. But this newfound job will be interesting.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory with the trophy alongside coach Toni Nadal. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal

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It will always be different to see Toni Nadal without Rafa. Toni was the person to introduce tennis to Rafa and helped him win many titles and accolades. Thus now seeing him in Felix’s box will be different. It is not known if Toni and Felix’s partnership is temporary or permanent, but it also shows the Canadian’s intent for the clay-court season.

Toni Nadal is to be credited for making the best clay-court player in history in the form of Rafael Nadal. Thus his inclusion in Felix‘s team could provide benefits for the young Canadian. Next Felix will feature during the Monte Carlo Masters. The tournament is also being headlined by Rafael Nadal and begins tomorrow. And if the draw aligns Felix and Rafa in the same half, then they could face each 0ther.

Felix Auger Aliassime’s training with Toni Nadal during the off-season

Felix Auger Aliassime in action during his fourth round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

During the off-season, Felix trained in the Rafa Nadal Academy alongside Toni Nadal. And according to the player, it was certainly a fruitful time.

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“It was my first time but I have been happily surprised by everything. It’s as good as I imagined, even better. I feel like everybody has really good energy here, a lot of respect, a lot of engagement and passion for the game everywhere around.”

Felix looked at home with Toni and highly praised the Spanish coach. He said: “He (Toni) would give me instant feedback on my shots and on my movement and how I could play. “I think his advice just brings me a lot of conviction and confidence in myself,”

Surely a coach of Toni’s stature will bring some positive change in Felix’s game. Could this new partnership elevate Felix to the next level?

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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