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Rafael Nadal’s problem is mental, no coaching change needed says trainer Toni Nadal

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Rafael Nadal bows out in semis of 2016 Argentina Open (Photo courtesy: Brett Marlow/Wikimedia Commons)

Rafael Nadal’s recent poor performances have led to speculations that uncle and trainer Toni Nadal is on his way out from the Spanish’s pro’s coaching staff. However, the veteran trainer and long-time mentor for Nadal insisted that no coaching change is expected for Nadal despite the struggles on the court.

Toni Nadal admitted in an interview via tenis.as.com that Nadal’s struggles is mainly because Rafael has lost focus and can’t keep calm in the crucial parts of his recent matches.

In the same interview, Toni also declared that coaching is a collective responsibility saying that people should stop insisting about a possible coaching change within Rafael Nadal’s camp.

Nadal started the 2016 season with a final appearance at the Qatar Open and lost to Novak Djokovic, who is currently the World No. 1, in the championship round, 1-6 2-6.

Then he got eliminated very early at the 2016 Australian Open losing in the first round to compatriot Fernando Verdasco in five sets, 6-7(6) 6-4 6-3 6-7 (4) 2-6. Nadal also failed to win the last two ATP tournaments where he was the top seed. He lost in the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Open against Pablo Cuevas, 7-6 (6) 6-7 (3) 4-6 and in the semifinals of the 2016 Argentina Open against Dominic Thiem, 4-6 6-4 6-7 (4).

Last year, Toni Nadal admitted in interviews that he has no problem if Rafael Nadal decides to replace him as coach if the Spanish pro continues to struggle. The talk of the coaching change picked up again after Rafael Nadal’s disappointing exit in the first Grand Slam of the year.

However, it appears Toni Nadal is not going anywhere as of the moment and will continue to be the coach for Rafael Nadal.

Photo courtesy: Brett Marlow/Wikimedia Commons

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