Toni Nadal explained why his nephew, Rafael Nadal never smashed racket, and like when he was young, the Spanish champion had no rebellious phases during his adolescence. Rafael Nadal has always distinguished himself for exemplary behavior both on and off the court.
The Mallorcan champion has never made himself protagonist of incorrect attitudes on the court. Although many experts considered him to be only a clay-courts specialist at the beginning of his career, the former World number 1 surprised everyone by proving to be competitive on other surfaces as well, winning two times Wimbledon and four times the US Open.
Rafa could match the Slam's record this year, still belonging to his eternal rival Roger Federer, who will remain in the box 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.
Toni Nadal on Rafael Nadal's attitude
"Rafael Nadal never broke a racket and he did not have a rebellious phase during his adolescence," said Toni Nadal, who told: "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 racket. 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," added Uncle Toni. 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 27 September to 11 October 2020.
There is also the Rome Open from 20 to 27 September. 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." The hard courts Grand Slam of New York runs from 31 August to 11 September 2020.