Spain's Toni Nadal is one of the most famous coaches in the world, having been instrumental in the success of his nephew Rafael Nadal, who has won 19 Grand Slam titles so far and is regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time.
However, Uncle Toni says that he is not in favour of on-court coaching that is currently present on the women's WTA Tour but does not mind coaching from the stands, which is being trialled at some WTA events this year.
Speaking at the Toni Nadal Camp at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Costa Mujeres, Mexico to the TennisNow website, Toni Nadal says, “For me, I would not like to go on court. But I liked to talk when I was the coach. Because when you’re in the stadium of the whole crowd the only one who cannot talk is the coach—it’s unbelievable.
I think for me it was normal [to coach from the box]. In tennis you don’t talk because what can you say? It’s not like football. There’s not too much you can talk about [during a game]. For me, it’s normal that you can talk a little.
To say something positive, encouraging—it’s part of competition. Sometimes tactics, but not too much. For me, the life has changed so we have to change something [in tennis]. So yes, I would support coaches to be able to talk from the box—not on the court."
Most tennis experts believe that coaching from the stands should not be penalised as it is anyways so rampant and difficult to monitor. Looks like, Uncle Toni is also in agreement with them.