Rafael Nadal has always distinguished himself for exemplary behavior both on and off the court. The Majorcan phenomenon has never made itself the author of incorrect attitudes on the game rectangle. Although many experts considered him to be only a red clay specialist at the beginning of his career, the former World number 1 surprised everyone by proving to be competitive on other surfaces as well.
Rafa could match Slam's record this year for eternal rival Roger Federer, who will remain in the pits until the beginning of next season after the double operation on his right knee. Uncle Toni Nadal, who has coached 19-time Grand Slam champion for most of his career, has revealed that even as a child his grandson has never vented his frustration on the racket.
Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal
"Rafael Nadal never broke a racquet and did not have a rebellious phase in adolescence," Toni Nadal said. "He was an educated child, who behaved normally. There are so many, don't think it's just Rafa.
However, in the world of tennis there are few who have never broken a racquet. You can't say that person is not educated, but that he had a moment when he lost control. Yes, but I was tough because I think a person needs to be prepared for any situation, especially the difficult ones.
You can't make decisions at times if you're not prepared a little harder. I think he felt I was tough, but he understood it was for his own good," Uncle Toni added. Madrid Open tournament director Feliciano Lopez tweeted: “I talked to my friend Rafael Nadal and he has confirmed his participation in Madrid next September!
We wait for you as always with open arms in the Magic Box”. Nadal responded with: “That’s it Feli. See you in Madrid in September. Meanwhile everything goes well”. The Madrid Open is one of two Masters clay events leading up to the French Open, which Nadal has won 11 times and runs from September 27 to October 11.
There is also the Rome Open from September 20 to 27. Nadal’s uncle Toni said last month that the new ATP schedule was challenging. “It is difficult in a month to do the US Open, Rome, Madrid, and Paris. It is almost unfeasible,” he told ESPN. The hard court Grand Slam runs from August 31 to September 11.