He stopped training him directly and accompanying him to tournaments a long time ago, but Toni Nadal continues to be someone very close to Rafa. His uncle, and also a coach for most of his career, has recently been alongside the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, but very aware of the Academy that bears his nephew’s name and in which he is a important part.
After Rafa Nadal confirmed his return to competition a few days ago at the ATP250 in Brisbane, Toni Nadal left him a message on his Instagram profile, in which he showed his joy for the return of the former world number 1 and I hoped it would still bring some joy to Spanish sport. “Very excited to see @rafaelnadal compete again. Even knowing that this time will be ‘the most difficult yet’, I have great confidence in him and I believe he will not disappoint,” he wrote the Mallorcan coach.
A confidence that comes from the enthusiasm that his nephew transmits to him, whom he has seen pushing himself in recent months to return to the slopes and who he still sees hungry to aspire, even, to the maximum.
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“Rafael is fine. He has resumed training normally, with good intensity. The most important thing is that he has the decision and the enthusiasm to play Roland Garros once again. He is very happy to play again, to try again. It’s something he’s been waiting for for a long time,” Toni Nadal confessed in an interview with RMC Sport, where he corroborated the words of his nephew, who in the announcement of his return, pointed out that he did not deserve to have to retire with a press conference. “He didn’t want to retire without playing,” Toni indicated in this sense.
Rafa’s idea points to Paris
Rafa Nadal has been preparing his return to the courts for several months and, since recovering from his injury, he has gradually gained intensity, as he confirmed with the videos he uploaded to his profiles, until he felt confident that he could compete. This week, in Kuwait, he will know what level he is at with the training sessions he has scheduled with the young Frenchman Arthur Fils.
“Rafa has tried to be as good as possible for next year. (…) That is the most important thing. He is not going to go out on the court just to be there. He thinks he will be competitive and for that he must play many tournaments. He wants to have another opportunity. Winning is going to be very difficult, but not impossible. A person like Rafael must believe in himself, that he can try,” added Toni Nadal, who makes it clear what the dream is with which the tennis player from Manacor has returned. .
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“His dream is to hear his name called once again at Roland Garros. “I think he has the confidence that, if his body is going well and his tennis is there, he can do something good at Roland Garros,” concluded Toni Nadal., who knows that, despite the year-long break, his injuries and his age, Rafa Nadal will always be feared and respected in the Parisian Grand Slam. There is a reason he has won it 14 times and has only accumulated three defeats on its clay.
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