Uncle Toni: ‘I talk to Rafa during matches’

by: Matt Cronin July 14, 2013

Tags: Rafael Nadal

AP Photo

Toni Nadal says in an interview that he does direct comments at his nephew Rafael during matches. On-court coaching is not allowed on the ATP Tour or at Grand Slams.

“I talk to Rafa during matches. I know that it’s not allowed but I think that at my age I have nothing to hide,” Toni told the Spanish journalist David Nadal.

Toni Nadal added that he sees little value in using sports psychologists, and added, “In the tennis world, those who are mentally stronger, are also technically stronger.”

Rafael Nadal, who again has been battling knee trouble, will return to the tour at the Canadian Open in Montreal during the first week of August.

More Stories

Roger Federer "completely on track” for January tour return

The Swiss does wonder, however, if he’ll feel pressure after this career-long layoff.

Del Potro defeats Sock to end 33-month title drought at Stockholm Open

The former U.S. Open champion won 7-5, 6-1.

Chicago Cubs’ pennant-clinching win best part of Madison Keys’ day

The historic achievement was a necessary pick-me-up for the American in Singapore.