Rafael Nadal has finally made a big move on the coaching front. The Spaniard who’s been with his uncle, Toni Nadal, will have another strong voice in camp after adding fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya.
“I am very excited to announce that Carlos Moya will join my team immediately and working together with Toni and Francis Roig,” Nadal said in a statement on Saturday. “To have someone like Carlos, who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career, is something special. He will be next to me on my practice and competition.”
Moya, a former No. 1 himself, led Raonic to a career-high No. 3 finish in the rankings and helped the Canadian to reach his first Grand Slam final until parting ways a few weeks ago.
““Toni called me while I was at the IPTL competition,” Moya said. “It was great to receive that call. To be able to help Rafa is something special for me and I am sure that together with Toni, Francis and the rest of the team we have a great common project. Rafa is a special player and above all a great person and friend on which I have a lot of trust and confidence that will be able to continue winning important titles.”
Toni Nadal said he did make the move to reach out to Moya once he became available.
“When I knew Carlos had stopped with Raonic I called him since we think he can join all our projects,” Toni Nadal said. “Carlos has always been a special person for us.
“We understand it is the right moment to have him join our team.”
Nadal hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since the 2014 French Open. And this year with just two titles he finished outside the Top 5 at No. 9 for the first time since 2004. He also ended his season early due to an ongoing left wrist injury.
Nadal is expected back on court in a few weeks for the Abu Dhabi exo.
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