Rome - Rafael
Nadal's coach and uncle Toni Nadal has said he will no longer accompany
the tennis great on tour, complaining that he is being shut out of
"From next year I will no longer follow Rafael on
the circuit and I will focus exclusively on our (tennis) academy," he
was quoted as saying on the Italian website tennisitaliano.it.
Nadal's spokesman Benito Perez told AFP the decision was unexpected.
words took us somewhat by surprise. If he said that, then it means just
that. I will speak to Rafa about it in the coming days. I don't think
we will be immediately communicating on this subject," he said.
Coach Nadal said there was no rift with the former world number one and multiple grand slam champion.
"Relations with my nephew are still excellent. During all these years, we have never been through a crisis," he said.
he was 17 years old, it was me who decided everything. Then Carlos
Costa arrived as manager. Then his father became closer, each having his
"And the truth is that every year I had less decision-making, until the day when I will decide on nothing."
Spain's Carlos Moya joined the Nadal coaching team at the end of last year.