Felix Auger-Aliassime's coach Frederic Fontang says the humility is definitely one of the reasons why Rafael Nadal is still playing and achieving great results. Even though Nadal will be turning 36 in June and is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history, he is still hungry for more big success.
Nadal never allowed success get in his head as he has been known for his humble manner throughout his entire career. "With Felix [Auger-Aliassime], we had the chance to work with Toni Nadal in the last one year as a consultant," Fontang said on the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast, per Sportskeeda.
"You can feel that humility is everywhere in the family. That's one of the reasons why Rafael Nadal is able to continue to live his passion and play at this level after winning so many big titles."
Fontang: Humility one of the keys to success of champions like Nadal
Last year, Auger-Aliassime added Toni Nadal to his team.
Since then, he has won his first ATP title, made his first Grand Slam semifinal and broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career. "It's really important that the parents and the coach always pass the message to the player that it's a process, you know? You are going to lose, you are going to win, so don't feel too high or too low after the matches," Fontang said.
"Humility is where you're going on the court with the same passion and you're trying to do your best every day and stay normal. That's really important. "There will always be some low points in your career, but you need to be able to reset and come back to practice the next day after a tough defeat or whatever negative phase in your life.
The best athletes in general, they have a strong resilience. They know where they want to go and they're able to come back to their process and to work."