Toni is the uncle and was coach of tennis player Rafael Nadal, who trained at the top of the world rankings. Known for his skills as a great motivator, he passed on this mentality to Rafa, making him one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Toni has three brothers including Sebastian Nadal, Miguel Ángel Nadal and a sister. Sebastian is the father of Rafael Nadal and owns and manages his restaurant while Miguel Angel, also known as the "Beast of Barcelona", is a former footballer who has played for Mallorca, Barcelona as well as the Spanish national team in his career.
After Rafael's victory at Roland Garros 2013, he detached Lennart Bergelin, stuck at eleven Slam titles, becoming the coach with the most Majors won in his career (13), who became 14 exactly one year later, always in Paris.
Toni: 'Very lucky to be Rafael Nadal's coach'
In a recent interview to Mundo Deportivo, Toni revealed how he comes off as a good coach only because of the abilities of his star pupil. "What is the most difficult thing between training Rafael Nadal or being a TV presenter? Neither.
If it was very difficult, I could not have done it. I was very lucky because I had a very talented boy who made people believe that I was a good coach," said uncle Nadal. "I was fortunate to have a very professional team that made things easier for me.
Therefore, it was not very difficult to do either. In tennis, Rafael Nadal made me believe that I was a good coach. On TV, I don't know if they will make me look like a good presenter," Toni said with a laugh. Nadal is, along with Wilander, the only male tennis player to win at least two Grand Slams on three different surfaces (hard, grass and clay).
Nadal is also, along with Agassi, the only male tennis player to win the Olympic Gold in singles and the four Grand Slams in his career, a feat known as Career Golden Slam. In 2010, Nadal became the only male tennis player to win Grand Slams on three different surfaces (clay, grass and hard courts) the same calendar year.
Nadal holds the record for most consecutive years winning a Grand Slam (2005–2014), as well as the record for most outdoor titles (83). Nadal's playing style and personality can be summarised by Jimmy Connors: "He's built out of a mold that I think I came from also, that you walk out there, you give everything you have from the very first point to the end no matter what the score. And you're willing to lay it all out on the line and you're not afraid to let the people see that."