Having a persistent coach at the beginning of any tennis player’s career is crucial for their holistic understanding of the game. One could see how Roger Federer always mentions his initial coach Peter Carter and credits him for shaping up his game during his amateur days. Similar to Federer, Spain tennis legend Rafael Nadal was fortunate enough to be associated with his uncle Toni, who not only built his game and also taught him to respect the game.
So, when Toni Nadal decided to move away from his nephew after the end of 2017 Australian Open, there were speculations concerning how Nadal would go about his business on the ATP tour without an important person in the team. But, the Spaniard‘s reign continued as he went on to win few majors and remained one of the toughest players to beat on men’s circuit.
Top stars like Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer talked about Rafa Nadal Academy in a documentary
Recently, a documentary made on Rafa Nadal’s academy showcased how upcoming players are being taught the basics of the game as well as non-technical aspects related to the sport. Even top stars like Naomi Osaka, Roger Federer, and Casper Ruud shared their experiences of spending their off-season training at the academy.
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Federer mentioned that he would begin his initial tennis practice sessions at Nadal’s academy before going to Dubai. Even though the Swiss Maestro is yet to take off his crutches, he might participate in active training by end of this year.
On the other hand, Nadal’s foot treatment was successful in Barcelona and the former world no.1 is currently in rehab and will hit the courts soon.
Toni Nadal’s vast coaching experience is helping budding players at the academy
Promoting the documentary released on Prime video, Rafa Nadal academy recently posted on Instagram about the impact Toni Nadal has on budding players. Carlos Costa, who is the head of business at the academy said, “For us, it was very important when Toni stopped traveling with Rafa and moved to be the director of the Rafa Nadal Academy. Because, here we needed a little bit of the Rafa Nadal methodology to be carried out with the one who created it”.
The clip then focuses on one of the training sessions foreseen by uncle Toni as he gives instructions to a budding player on how to handle a baseline rally.
“Follow through more, no, you have to hit it well. You’re going to miss it. Almost, almost. I told you. You didn’t miss it, but you lost the point”, Toni Nadal could be seen as quoting the same.
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 13: Rafael Nadal of Spain in a practice session as uncle and coach Toni Nadal watches on during day two of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 13, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Even Nadal was present while his uncle was giving instructions and had a chat with the youngster. The main impact of uncle Toni at the academy would be to share innumerable examples during his coaching time with Nadal and inspire players to execute the same.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.