How To Handle Adversity? Uncle Toni’s Ultimate Advice to Rafael Nadal

Published 10/23/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory with the trophy alongside coach Toni Nadal after the men’s singles final against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Part of the ‘Big 3’, Rafael Nadal, is without a doubt one of the greatest ever to set foot on a tennis court. The player from Mallorca, Spain has been dominating the tour and has raised the bar in the men’s game. The basic principles instilled in the Spaniard have been key in helping him become such a successful personality. 

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Recently, Toni Nadal spoke about the values he inculcated in his nephew Rafael Nadal. He remembered certain principles he tried to make Rafa understand, which would help him in the long run to be a successful individual. Toni had been coaching Rafael since he was a child and their professional association continued till 2017. 

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One of the key pieces of advice was that he told his nephew to not complain as it will lead him nowhere and won’t get anything out of it. 

The 60-year-old stated, “I always said to Nadal, don’t complain because this complaint will not help us. We always have to do everything possible to win. It is very wrong to complain. I think complaining is of no use to you. It does not help you. And in addition, it gives a very bad effect.”

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Toni Nadal has been key in Rafael Nadal’s life

Since the beginning of his career, Rafa has been under the guidance of his uncle. The fruits of having such an influence on one’s growth process are very instrumental. Seeing Toni Nadal, one can sense where Rafa got his humble attitude from. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Coach Toni Nadal (L), Rafael Nadal of Spain and coach Carlos Moyá (R) 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)

Coming to tennis, Nadal last competed in Washington, prior to the US Open, but his ailing foot prevented him from progressing in the tournament. He subsequently called off his 2021 season and is currently focusing on a return to action next year. We hope that the Spaniard’s comeback will be smooth and he can aim for his 21st Grand Slam title.   

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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