Rafael Nadal: I Won’t Be Hiring Any Former Greats, I’m Sticking With My Team
by Tom Gainey | December 27th, 2013, 10:07 am
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Rafael Nadal says he’s not following the recent trend of hiring past champions because he’s sticking with his team.

Two years ago Andy Murray hired Ivan Lendl. And recently Novak Djokovic added Boris Becker to his stable while Roger Federer trialed Stefan Edberg earlier this month. Kei Nishikori has signed on with Michael Chang and Sergi Bruguera will now captain Richard Gasquet. However, Nadal, who’s been with Uncle Toni since the start, isn’t changing his ways.

“It is great to have a great champion in tour games as they bring great charisma to the game. It will be great to have Ivan and Boris around this season. It is a good thing and will do positive things to the tour,” Nadal told the Gulf News.

“However, I will stick to my team. I always feel when I play bad, it is my fault and when I’m winning I’m doing the right things. I had success in my career with the same team. I had good and worst moments with the same team. I understand if anything goes wrong, nobody is responsible more than me.”

Nadal enters the new year as the No. 1 ranked player after an incredible, emotional, unbelievable season following a knee injury.

“I said that it was the most difficult thing I did in my career,” he said of his comeback. “It was very emotional for the fact that 10 months ago, I didn’t know if I have a chance to be back in this competitive fashion on tour. I didn’t know I will have my game. It was a big surprise and very emotional.”

Nadal lost earlier today in Abu Dhabi to David Ferrer. He’ll play Tsonga, who lost to Djokovic today, in a match on Saturday.

Here’s Rafa at a clinic for kids today:


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15 Comments for Rafael Nadal: I Won’t Be Hiring Any Former Greats, I’m Sticking With My Team

RZ Says:

Good decision Rafa. No need to mess with a formula that clearly works!


the DA Says:

It’s official: Stefan Edberg joins Federer’s team and will be there at the AO!

http://t.co/6hzjyi6awe


Mr. Larvey Says:

Fede just annonced thst Stefan Edberg will be joining into his Team.


Giles Says:

Good for you Rafa. If it ain’t broke no need to fix it.
Vamos Champ!
Vamos Uncle Toni!


Humble Rafa Says:

Uncle Toni is also a Great One. No one provides love and training like Uncle Toni.


Brando Says:

If it ain’t broke: why try to fix it.

The reason why the others hired coaches is because they NEED one:

- Muzza: He was in desperate need of help. Enter Lendl.

- Novak: I think he wants to counter the improvements Rafa and Andy made. Make that next step in his game. Enter Becker.

- Fed: He needs someone to help tactically to counter the young guns in the twilight of his career. Enter Edberg.

For Rafa there really is no true need for him to hire a coach. Maybe one day, but not right now. Especially not when their isn’t any real cause for one.


Humble Rafa Says:

However, I will stick to my team. I always feel when I play bad, it is my fault and when I’m winning I’m doing the right things. I had success in my career with the same team. I had good and worst moments with the same team. I understand if anything goes wrong, nobody is responsible more than me.”

Taking personal responsibility unlike the rest of the children on the ATP tour.


Perfect fan Says:

Good for u rafa….Uncle Tony has done a great job so far and thr is no reason for u to change that setup any time soon, isn’t it?

It is simply great n rare to hav a person on ur team who knows u inside out and understands ur abilities, ur limitations and ur game very well. I think rafa is blessed to have such a situation and….. he is saving a lot of money too by not having to pay some famous/popular legend ;)) jus joking!!

Good luck rafa for 2014.


Texas fan Says:

I like how everyone just gushes over how “humble” and “great” Rafa is. You guys sound like 10 year old girls at a boy band concert. How about some constructive comments instead of this nonstop lovefest, Rafa is a grown man I’m sure he dosent need to be patted on the head with each statement he makes.


James Says:

Nadal to compete with 45 year old coach Francisco Roig in the doubles competition at Doha!

http://m.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/12/52/Doha-Murray-Makes-Comeback.aspx


skeezer Says:

Apparently Rafa feels he needs to practice with older men. He must be still worried about Fed. If so, he should be practicing with a 32 yr old, not a 45 year old.


James Says:

Halle champion Federer who won one set vs Nadal in 2013? Makes sense.


M Says:

“Rafael Nadal: I Won’t Be Hiring Any Former Greats, I’m Sticking With My Team”

LOL. Don’t want to say “I told you so”, but …
:-)

(Who was it that was suggesting that when the other champs were starting to go through these changes, that Rafa might be interviewing Borg and Johnny Mac …? :-) )


Slice Tennis Says:

“Apparently Rafa feels he needs to practice with older men. He must be still worried about Fed. If so, he should be practicing with a 32 yr old, not a 45 year old.”

He must have thought to beat Federer it is enough to practice with a 45 yr old.


skeezer Says:

^weak.
#tryagain
#nodon’t

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