Toni Nadal supports raising Rafa's seeding at Roland Garros

Saturday, April 27, 2013 /by
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Toni Nadal, the uncle and coach of Rafael Nadal, tells El Periodico de Aragon that if Roland Garros decides to raise the seven-time French Open champion's seeding he wouldn’t mind. Nadal is currently ranked No. 5, just behind David Ferrer.

"If they choose to do it, [it] will be good for Rafa and it doesn’t not seem bad to me," Toni Nadal said.

Hall of Famer John McEnroe told TENNIS.com he believes Nadal should be the top seed for the French Open. Both Toni and Rafael Nadal have advocated a two-year ranking system, partly to protect the rankings and seeding of top level players who become injured.

"Rafa has won seven titles in Paris and he lost his ranking because he has spent seven months off the courts,” Toni Nadal said. “This would not happen if the rankings were made up of the results over two years. It’s not logical that [Juan Martin] del Potro was injured for one year and fell to No. 700 and had to start again. That is not good for tennis or for the show."

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