Rafael Nadal has had to deal with numerous problems during this season. The former world number 1 played the misery of seven tournaments in 2021, managing to score a couple of titles (Barcelona and Rome). The foot injury affected much of his year, preventing him from giving his best, especially at Roland Garros.
The 35-year-old from Manacor hoped to win his 14th trophy in Paris, which would allow him to hoist himself to 21 Majors overcoming eternal rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Rafa was forced to give up Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to the ever-growing pain.
After trying a timid return to Washington, the Spanish phenomenon has decided to close his 2021 early. If Nadal has become the champion we know today, a lot is due to his uncle Toni. The two have collaborated for many years and Toni has instilled fundamental principles both on and off the pitch.
Host of a podcast organized by CEU, Toni has expressed a series of very interesting reflections.
Uncle Toni speaks about Rafa
"Complaining in life doesn't get you anywhere. I always told Rafael Nadal: "Don't complain, because it won't help us."
We should all always do everything possible to win, but I'm not going to complain about things. that pass around. I think it is very bad to complain, it does not serve you or help you at all, and, in addition, it gives a very bad effect" - Toni Nadal said.
In a recent interview, Toni Nadal revealed his "obsession" with preparing his nephew for tough times. Toni said he made his nephew train for long hours on courts that were in poor condition and with balls that were in bad shape.
"For years I made him train in bad conditions and with balls in bad conditions," Toni Nadal was quoted as saying by MARCA. "Sometimes I told him that we were going to train for an hour and a half and then would extend the training indefinitely.
All my life I had the obsession to prepare Rafa for difficulty. (He had to) learn to strengthen his character," the 60-year-old added. The Spaniard highlighted the importance of patience, and revealed that many young players he has witnessed at the structure have crumbled under pressure when things have not gone their way.
"We live in a time when it is not taught to conjugate the verb hold on: I hold on, you hold on," he said. "I see it in the structure. Many boys play well when things go their way, but when things go wrong, an uncontrollable emotion comes out that ruins the game."