“Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni believes that today’s generation lacks the patience & perseverance to become like his nephew.”

Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of Rafael Nadal, recently claimed that forging a player like the 20-time Grand Slam winner would be more challenging in today’s era. The 59-year-old feels that young individuals now are not as patient or persevering since they had been in earlier generations.

Toni Nadal also claimed that Rafael Nadal could have become an elite athlete in any other game too because he embodies all of the qualities that a top athlete requires. On the other hand, the Spaniard did include that Nadal might not have been equally as successful in other sports since he’s in tennis.

“Rafael Nadal has a few things that are necessary to be a good athlete. The first, a high sense of competition, he likes to compete a lot. And that is essential to be an outstanding player. This already my nephew has it. And then he has the good fighting ability, very good coordination. But, I am convinced that he would not have been as great in other sports as in this one, of course,” Toni Nadal added.

“Evidently,” Toni Nadal replied when asked whether it would be tougher to forge a player like Rafael Nadal in today’s times. “The world is going along paths in which it is increasingly difficult for people to make an effort. We are in a world where everything has to go very fast and perseverance requires that things do not go so fast.”

“Rafael Nadal is a better tennis player than he is a human being: Toni Nadal”

Toni Nadal has played an instrumental role in the livelihood and lifestyle of Rafael Nadal, having trained his nephew since he was a child. ‘Uncle Toni’, because he is famously known, was Nadal’s main coach until early 2017; since then, he’s carried on a lead character at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain.

Besides his on-court accomplishments, Rafael Nadal is very well-liked by fans across the world and his peers. He has also won the ATP Sportsmanship Award on three occasions.

During the meeting, Toni Nadal was requested if Rafael Nadal was a much better tennis player or a better individual, and the 59-year-old picked the former.

“Clearly his tennis, for a very simple reason. My nephew’s tennis is one of the best in history, and in terms of (human) values, I don’t think he is one of the best in history. It’s that simple, even though he is a very good person,” Toni said.

Toni Nadal was likewise asked who he’d select if given the choice to trainer Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, or Nick Kyrgios. His response was surprising, to say the very least.

“I don’t think any of these wanted me to train him,” Toni said. “They will prefer someone much better than me. They would do better with others than with me.”

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