Tennis News: Rafael Nadal lacking confidence at the moment, says new coach Carlos Moya

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Former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal had a disappointing season after it ended prematurely due to a wrist injury. He also dropped in the rankings as he is now ninth in the world. His new coach, Carlos Moya, believes Nadal is lacking confidence at the moment.

Rafael Nadal hires Carlos Moya as one of his coaches for next season

The 14-time Grand Slam champion signed fellow Spaniard, Carlos Moya, who was also a former World No. 1. Moya joins Toni Nadal and Francisco Roig in Nadal’s coaching staff. They are tasked to bring Nadal back to his best self.

“I am very excited to announce that Carlos Moya will join my team immediately and work together with Toni and Francisco Roig. To have someone like Carlos who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career is something special,” Nadal said in a statement, via the ATP World Tour.

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Carlos Moya believes Rafael Nadal is lacking confidence

The last time Rafa won a Grand Slam title was in 2014 when he won his ninth French Open. Carlos Moya believes his fellow Spaniard lacks confidence at the moment. However, he also thinks Nadal will be able to overcome it and win titles next season.

“Rafa has lost some of them and that confidence is necessary. When he wins those matches he will return to his usual level. I think Rafa can win majors again and be number one. It’s not that I think so, I’m sure. He is Rafa Nadal,” Moya told Yahoo! Sports.

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When will Rafael Nadal return?

Rafael Nadal is set to start the 2017 season in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. He then heads Brisbane before entering the 2017 Australian Open wherein he is one of the favorites to win.

Photo Courtesy: Beth Wilson/Flickr

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