On his path to becoming one of the greatest to ever play the game, Rafael Nadal has had his uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, there with him every step of the way.

As recently announced, though, Uncle Toni will stop traveling with his nephew when the 2017 season wraps up. He'll focus on training young, rising players at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

In recognition of all the Spanish duo has accomplished together, here’s a look back at some of their most memorable achievements.

• At his hometown event in Mallorca, 15-year-old Nadal won his first match on the ATP World Tour.

• Nadal captured ATP Challenger titles in Segovia, Spain, and Aix En Provence, France, to catapult himself into a Top 50 finish on the year.

• At the Miami Masters 1000 tournament, Nadal faced Roger Federer, the player who would become his greatest rival, for the first time and beat him in straight sets.


• Nadal also won his first title on the ATP Tour (in Sopot, Poland) and helped Spain win the Davis Cup title.

• Things kicked into high gear as Nadal won 11 titles, including his first French Open.

• He took on Federer in their first final showdown (in Miami, again), but lost in five sets.

Uncle Toni and
Rafa: A timeline
of triumphs

Uncle Toni and Rafa: A timeline of triumphs

• With his first-round victory in Paris, Nadal broke Guillermo Vilas’ record for consecutive clay-court wins. He went on to win the Grand Slam, beating Federer in their first encounter in a Grand Slam final.


• Federer and Nadal had a rematch a few weeks later when Nadal reached his first Wimbledon final, but Federer prevailed.

• Rafa’s winning streak on the dirt hits 81 matches. It’s halted before the French Open, but he still wins the title in Paris. He also lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final once again.


• Nadal finally reaches No. 1 rankings behind winning the French Open again and his first Wimbledon, playing in what is largely considered the best match in tennis history.

• The Spaniard also took home a gold medal at the Summer Olympics.

• Grand Slam title No. 6 came at the Australian Open after a memorable battle with Federer.


• Nadal’s winning streak at Roland Garros ended shockingly with a fourth-round loss to Robin Soderling.

• Nadal didn’t defend his Australian title, but he captured the rest of the Slams, and completed his career Grand Slam at the US Open.


• Novak Djokovic became a dominant force on tour, and they battled for the big titles throughout the season. Nadal still pocketed another French Open title.

• His seventh title at Roland Garros also came with a record: all-time ATP leader for French Open singles titles.

• It was a two-Slam season for Nadal, with yet another French Open and his second US Open title.

• For the ninth time in his career, Nadal is the last man standing at Roland Garros, bringing his Slam count to 14 (where it remains today).

• Despite a difficult season form-wise, Nadal won titles on both clay and grass (Hamburg, Stuttgart and Buenos Aires).

• Amidst another injury-plagued season, Nadal managed to win Olympic gold again, this time in doubles with Marc Lopez.


• Team Nadal made its first Grand Slam final in nearly three years at the Australian Open, where the 30-year-old fell to his biggest foe, Federer.


It's impossible to predict what will happen next in Nadal's career, but there's still a long season with Uncle Toni left to go, and no one can count him out on the Parisian clay.