Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach predicts his retirement destination
Rafael Nadal appears to be entering the twilight of his career, and his former coach Toni Nadal has had his say on where his nephew could say a final goodbye to tennis.
Nadal worked with his uncle, Toni, from 1990 to 2017 and won a total of 16 Grand Slam titles together.
Toni is now coaching No.6 Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has had the most successful years of his career under the Spaniard’s leadership, winning four titles and reaching the ATP Finals last year.
Rafael Nadal has been on the sidelines for most of this year so far, recovering from a grade two iliopsoas injury he sustained at the Australian Open and this has added to the speculation around the 22-time Grand Slam champion’s potential retirement.
While Toni did not give details about when his nephew could retire, he did suggest two potential locations where it could be, “In Madrid or at Roland Garros.”
Nadal is the most successful player at both of those events, winning 14 Roland Garros titles and Madrid on five occasions.
The No.13 is the reigning champion in Paris, but has not lifted the title in the Spanish capital since 2017.
Toni Nadal also talked about the difficulty of retiring when you are at the top of the sport, making comparisons with Pete Sampras who retired after winning the US Open in 2002.