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

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

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.

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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.

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  • shine6319

    Only Rafa Nadal can decide his own career, not his uncle coach. Mental confident loss? Maybe. Physical, tactic issues? Likely. But for sure he is getting old, 30 in few months. Nothing to lose (except have to pay for extra coach) to change the plan. If plan A is not working, don’t change to another plan that is the same. Same coach, same tactic..Rafa, either you stay put and maynot gain any progress or CHANGE, whatever,you have at least to try something new. You may not succeed but at least you try. Your uncle seems to contradict to support you. Yes to have another coach. No he does not need one. Don’t forget if you cannot maintain your high ranking, you may lose your endorsements too. Spend some money first. Your dream once was to beat Federer’s record for most GSlams seems impossible. Think it over. Your life. Grow up dude.

  • texto

    Toni Nadal – Job for life! No matter how much he sucks. If this was any other sport, he would’ve been fired a long time ago.

    I don’t know why Rafa does not hire a new coach but it is frustrating for the fans. How many losses will we take? He can’t even win on his beloved clay losing to single handed backhand players.

  • Dinsy Jones

    Of course Rafa has a mental problem. And it’s Toni Nadal who creates insecurity in him. It’s right there in his autobiography. Toni needs to step down and Rafa needs to get from under his shadow. It’s a toxic relationship at this point.

    • Sosa Laforge

      right on point. I’ve been saying that for quite some time. Toni Nadal needs to go away.

  • Sosa Laforge

    Toni nadal should stop being selfish and greedy. he needs to leave Rafa alone.

  • Sosa Laforge

    somebody should tell Toni to f*k off. he acts like he’s owning Rafa.