Toni Nadal

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Nadal and the second or maternal family name is Homar.
Toni Nadal
Toni Nadal, Aegon Championships, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
Toni Nadal, the uncle & coach of Rafael Nadal, during practices at the 2015 Aegon Championships in London
Country (sports) Spain
Born (1961-02-27) 27 February 1961 (age 55)
Manacor, Mallorca
Coaching career (1990–present)
Rafael Nadal (1990–present)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total 67
Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total 9
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

Career Golden Slam (Nadal)
Australian Open (Nadal)
9x French Open (Nadal)
2x Wimbledon (Nadal)
2x US Open (Nadal)
Olympic Gold Medal (Nadal)
28x ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Nadal)
4x Davis Cup (Nadal)

Coaching awards and records
Records

Antonio "Toni" Nadal Homar (born 27 February 1961 in Manacor, Mallorca) is a Spanish tennis coach. Toni Nadal is the uncle and coach of tennis player Rafael Nadal and the older brother of Spanish footballer Miguel Ángel Nadal. As of 2013, he is the most successful coach in the history of tennis in terms of Grand Slam titles, winning 14 Grand Slam trophies with Rafael Nadal.

Coaching style[edit]

Toni Nadal trained Rafael on poor courts with bad tennis balls in an effort 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.[1]

Toni Nadal has described his coaching style as 'hard', explaining that he occasionally puts too much pressure on Rafael, but that he does so because he wants him to succeed.[2]

Success as a coach[edit]

Since June 9, 2013, when Rafael Nadal won his 12th Grand Slam title defeating David Ferrer in the Roland Garros final in Paris, Toni Nadal assumed sole possession of the top position on the history of tennis with 12 Grand Slam title as a coach. He broke a tie with Lennart Bergelin who coached Bjorn Borg reaching 11 Grand Slam titles between 1974–1981. Solidifying his lead on the coaches' rank list, Toni Nadal has currently 14 Grand Slam titles with his nephew.[3][4]

Calls for a replacement[edit]

In 2015, after Rafael Nadal lost in the second round at Wimbledon to Dustin Brown, who was ranked No. 102 at the time, former world No. 1 John McEnroe said on BBC Radio 5 Live that the Spanish tennis star should "get a new damn coach".[5] Rafael had failed to reach the semifinals at all four Grand Slam events that year.[5] In February 2016, at the Buenos Aires Open, Toni Nadal admitted that Rafael would have probably already replaced him if he was not his uncle.[6] However, as of March 2016, Rafael Nadal has refused to substitute his uncle despite requests from outside experts.[7]

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