Nadal happy with Uncle Toni, won’t add to coaching team

by: Matt Cronin December 28, 2013

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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal says he has no plans to add to his coaching team, even though some of his rivals have made major coaching moves by hiring Hall of Fame players as coaches.

Roger Federer just announced he has hired Stefan Edberg for 10 weeks in 2014; Novak Djokovic has brought Boris Becker on to his team; and two years ago, Andy Murray took on Ivan Lendl, who helped the Scot win the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles.

In other recent hiring of former Grand Slam champs by Top 20 players, Kei Nishikori hired Michael Chang, Richard Gasquet brought in Sergi Bruguera, and Marin Cilic reunited with Goran Ivanisevic.

Nadal said he is more than satisfied being coached by his uncle Toni.

"It is great to have a great champion in tour games as they bring great charisma to the game," Nadal told The Gulf News. "It will be great to have Ivan and Boris around this season. It is a good thing and will do positive things to the tour. However, I will stick to my team. I always feel when I play bad, it is my fault and when I'm winning I'm doing the right things. I had success in my career with the same team. I had good and worst moments with the same team. I understand if anything goes wrong, nobody is responsible more than me."
 

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