Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal has acknowledged that the game has gotten much faster since Rafael Nadal's first years on the Tour. Uncle Toni and Nadal enjoyed one of the most successful partnerships in tennis history, before they split at the end of the 2017 season.
After taking a break from coaching, Uncle Toni returned to the Tour and he is now working with world No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime. "This sport has become a game of speed, not strategy. In a short time, everything has accelerated a lot since the first years of Rafa's career.
Now the way to seek victory is to hit hard before the opponent. I feel that now everything is well studied, but in the end what it all consists of is playing well. Having a high percentage of first serves, playing with good speed.
I think that right now young people are less willing to think because they focus on hitting hard and they have coaches around them who are in charge of strategy," Nadal said during his appearance on Tres Iguales podcast.
Nadal ended his 2021 season prematurely
Nadal, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, missed Wimbledon due to a foot injury but hoped to be fully ready for the US Open.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case as Nadal called it a season in August to focus on his foot recovery. “In my original scenario, I was playing Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open,” Nadal revealed. “But scenarios cannot always be followed to the letter.
You have to know how to adapt and accept things as they come." Nadal is now hoping to be ready for the Australian Open and to have a big comeback season. "Things are going better. He has set his sights on starting in Australia.
He will be fine. I'm convinced. The idea is to have a great year 2022. He will put his all into it," Toni told Voices of Sport.