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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