Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal says motivating Rafael Nadal has never been a problem, adding that he does not understand people who live without motivation. Nadal, 35, is one of the greatest players in tennis history, as he is tied with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the list of all-time Grand Slam records.
“I've been asked several times how to motivate a guy who has won it all. First of all, Rafael has not won everything. If a guy who is lucky enough to have life going well and has challenges to face is not motivated, then he is an ingrate.
I think you have to be motivated in life," said Toni.
Toni on Rafa Nadal's mental strength
Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal had a long coaching partnership from 1990 to 2017. Under his uncle’s direction, Rafael Nadal attained the greatest heights of his career on the men’s circuit.
In a recent interview, Toni Nadal revealed the true character of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The format of the interview was unique as people of different age groups and genders asked Toni questions. Rafael Nadal’s uncle was asked a bunch of intriguing questions.
One of the questions which came up was,” To what extent does character help manage difficulties?” To this, Uncle Toni used Rafa’s example and replied, “For example, one of the things I said to Rafael was that it is very difficult to control the ball if you are not able to control your will.
In the end, if you are not able to control your will, which is part of the character, it is very difficult for you to control the ball. I understand that character is what we should pay more attention to in the formation of young people”.
Rafael Nadal was recently invited to be a guest speaker at the enlightED conference, where the Spaniard spoke about the importance of setting goals and fulfilling them. Nadal alsoiemphasized the role that experienced individuals can play in the guidance of young adults and children.
“There’s no greater personal satisfaction than going home knowing that you’ve done everything possible to achieve your goals,” Nadal said. "With effort, dedication and humility you always achieve something, which is to make progress toward your objectives."
The 20-time Grand Slam champion also said it was important to keep striving to improve. “Mentally, that really helps you to be alert and active. I don’t understand life any other way,” Nadal said. "Working and training for the sake of training, without any goal to get better … makes no sense. It’s boring”.