In an interview to Antena 3, Toni Nadal commented on the seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe saying that he would beat Serena Williams. McEnroe played an exhibition match with Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moya and Mats Wilander at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor in 2016.
"He looked in a good shape, until less time ago I thought McEnroe would beat Serena Williams. And I think the women's team would not beat a team of second series. Does it speak bad about women? Nope. You do not have to look for a war between genders", said Toni.
The 58-year-old also commented on Serena's controversy with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos at last year's US Open final: "I always said the same things. The better you are, the fewer unfair things you should do.
About the coaching, let's not lie, most of us speak during matches and to speak is a normal thing. The whole crowd can speak but the coach cannot! If I was in Osaka's box, when Serena was given a game penalty I would have been happy because she would get closer to the victory (laughter).
In the end the trophy is in Osaka's house. Serena is a great champion and she did not behave well. She clearly made a mistake." When will Nadal retire? The Spaniard has no plans set, but one day his career will be finished.
Speaking to Antena 3, his uncle Toni said: "That will happen when he sees he cannot give more, when he heads into tournaments without having a chance to win them. Rafael has an essential quality, which is having a lot of confidence on himself.
When he loses it, because of injuries or other things, that will be the time to retire." Toni was not surprised in seeing Rafael coming back at a high level after going through injuries in 2016. In 2017 Rafael won two Grand Slams, French Open and US Open, and reached the Australian Open final.
"I always thought that, if he kept having a good body, Rafael would be back. That was my view. Although my view does not always become true."