Toni Nadal is known around the world as coach and uncle to Rafa Nadal one of the world’s greatest ever tennis professionals.
Toni lives with the rest of the Nadal family in Manacor, Mallorca. His brother is Sebastian Rafa’s father and his other brother Miguel Angel is a former Mallorca, Barcelona and Spanish national football team player.
Passionate about tennis he played tennis at a young age becoming a professional and coaching a number of Spain’s leading juniors. He introduced tennis to Rafa at the age of four. At aged twelve Toni would be responsible for steering Rafa towards tennis and away from his other love and talent, football.
For fifteen years Toni has been Rafael Nadal’s tennis coach responsible for all technical aspects of his game and his legendary mental approach. Rafa’s exemplary on court manners and refusal to blame his occasional defeats on anything but his opponents success are noted to Uncle Toni. Rafa Nadal is renowned for never giving up and opponents know this. Toni has drilled into him better than any other player on the circuit to look forwards to the opportunity of winning the next point, no matter how badly the previous point might have gone.
Creating the mental and physical toughness that Rafa Nadal exudes has its roots in Toni’s training methods. Toni trained Rafael on poor courts with bad tennis balls, just to teach Rafael that winning or losing is not about the quality of courts, strings, lights or balls but that it is about attitude, discipline and perspective.
His philosophy is that you can only achieve something with hard work and that there is always room for improvement. Toni Nadal tries to develop character in Rafael because he knows that it could have a profound impact on results and motivation.The results Rafa Nadal has achieved working with Uncle Toni are astounding and amongst the greatest ever in-house family coach- player working relationships. Rafa has to date amassed 14 Grand Slam titles and is widely known as the King of Clay by the media having won the French Open nine times. Toni Nadal wears the cap of his sponsors Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. He collaborates with Iberostar Foundation in order to help the social integration of children and disabled children from the Balearic Islands.
Toni Nadal is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading sports coaches. Many organisations and leaders can benefit from an insight into his management skills, motivation, teamwork and structure that have been so successful in taking Rafa to becoming one of the world’s greatest sports professionals and role models.