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Toni Nadal to work with Felix Auger-Aliassime: Rafa’s uncle returns from ATP Tour |  Tennis News


Toni Nadal, longtime uncle and coach of Rafa, 13 times Roland-Garros champion, returns to the Tour with Felix Auger-Aliassime’s coaching team; the 20-year-old reached the fourth round of the Australian and US Open, but he also lost all seven ATP finals he played.

Last updated: 08/04/21 19:41 pm

Rafa’s uncle Toni Nadal to start working with young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime

Toni Nadal, the man who led the incredible career of his nephew Rafa, returns to the ATP Tour as a member of the coaching staff of young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The world No.22 said Nadal, the longtime uncle and coach of Spain’s 13-time Roland Garros champion, will start working with him ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters which kicks off on April 11.

Nadal, 60, announced in 2017 that he was stepping down as Rafa coach after more than a decade on the road to focus on running the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

He was tempted by the chance to work with the 20-year-old and will be in his camp in Monte Carlo – the tournament in which Nadal made his big breakthrough in 2005.

“I will be working with Toni from this tournament,” said Auger-Aliassime, who is coached by Frédéric Fontang.

“I sat down with Fred, my team and my parents and I thought it would be nice to go to someone who has been at the top of our sport, who has been where I want to go.

“Really it’s about gaining advice and experience and working day by day to become a better player. I know there is no tool or secret recipe or that you just click your fingers and make it work. “

Toni Nadal to work with Felix Auger-Aliassime: Rafa’s uncle returns from ATP Tour |  Tennis News

Felix Auger-Aliassime is yet to win an ATP final in seven attempts

Auger-Aliassime, who has lost all seven ATP finals he has played, first approached Toni Nadal in Mallorca in December after going to train there.

“I never considered working for anyone else,” said Nadal, who took an unexpected change of path after choosing to step down as coach on the Tour four years ago.

“For me, it’s a wonderful thing to work with a guy like Felix, first a very educated player, a player who can become one of the best players in the world and become a champion in big tournaments.

“I couldn’t work with someone unless they were respectful and had good values ​​because I had the chance to work all my life with a child who was very respectful and gave a very good image everywhere he went.

“Now I have the opportunity to work with a guy who believes in the same thing, to improve myself, to work hard every day.”

Nadal stressed that if Auger-Aliassime played his nephew in the coming months, he would not be in either of the two boxes.

“If (Rafa) has to lose to someone, I would rather they lose to Felix,” he said. “I am still his uncle and have many years of involvement with him.

“I hope Felix will be number one in the future. For now, he needs to keep improving and I continue to be Rafa’s uncle.”

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