How does Uncle Toni coach Rafa Nadal?

#1
I understand that he is a former pro soccer player, which would make him an excellent trainer in terms of conditioning and footwork.

But how does Uncle Toni coach the specifics of tennis? Was he a semi-professional in tennis? Or does he hire tennis coaches for Rafa and just oversee the whole process?
 
#2
Rafa's other uncle was the pro soccer player he was at Barcelona.

uncle Toni was a tennis coach who had coached I think at national level in Spain before he discovered the talent of Rafa.

Rafa has a trainer / physio guy with him and has an alternate coach when uncle Toni can't make tournaments but thats it I think.



I understood
 
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AprilFool

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#4
He rubs his nose and tugs on his ear lobes. Very similar to baseball signals.
 
#5
I read somewhere were he just yells VAMOS !! in crucial situations.Seems to be working pretty damm well.I on the other hand tried this coaching style on myself not the same results.Maybe there is a specific way to scream Vamos ,does anyone know?
 
#7
I understand that he is a former pro soccer player, which would make him an excellent trainer in terms of conditioning and footwork.

But how does Uncle Toni coach the specifics of tennis? Was he a semi-professional in tennis? Or does he hire tennis coaches for Rafa and just oversee the whole process?
Hola scotus,

Read the following and you will find out about Uncle Toni's table tennis background.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article1813765.ece
 
#8
I guess after a certain number of tournaments when he was younger, he's already used to the spin, placement and everything of top players/junior so he therefore had a very simple gameplan of grinding down players, adding phenominal spin to the ball and just hitting as hard as possible with angles. Not as simple as that but the concept is there. It leaves Toni Nadal with less work than a normal player (and also because of Nadals incredible physique) and he really works on the mental side with Nadal and how to play the crucial points. Also you can tell his mentality (all those French Open victories even with the crowd chanting against him) and the recent Wimby one. He's blocks out all the noise and isn't really detered if he has a bad pint, he just moves onto the next with the same intensity.
 
#9
#10
I understand that he is a former pro soccer player, which would make him an excellent trainer in terms of conditioning and footwork.

But how does Uncle Toni coach the specifics of tennis? Was he a semi-professional in tennis? Or does he hire tennis coaches for Rafa and just oversee the whole process?
That was Miguel, the 'Beast of Barcelona'.
 

jmsx521

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#15
Prior to Rafa's matches, uncle Toni also meets one-on-one for a talk with all the opponents: It's all behind closed doors, so what happens is unknown. But one thing for sure as you all have seen uncle Toni is a pretty strong & intimidating guy!
 
#16
Ball can get thru but if player tries, he'll end up with a broken leg. Famous Miguel Angel Nadal, nicknamed the beast. Played a lot of games for Mallorca, Barcelona and Spain's national side.
Missed a penalty at Euro 96 in a shootout against England :roll:
 
#18
Uncle toni puts a mannequin on the court and feeds some balls to nadal. All nadal has to do is topspin the ball into the backhand of the mannequin. They do this for 3-4hours and on different surfaces.
 
#24
I understand that he is a former pro soccer player, which would make him an excellent trainer in terms of conditioning and footwork.

But how does Uncle Toni coach the specifics of tennis? Was he a semi-professional in tennis? Or does he hire tennis coaches for Rafa and just oversee the whole process?
:)This is an interesting article about Toni Nadal - to me it sais heaps about his nephew's mental strength....

http://209.85.171.104/translate_c?h..._1/Tes&usg=ALkJrhgDvFS3V6wgUY0brmifLMyK1h-k0Q
 

predrag

Professional
#25
Rafa's other uncle was the pro soccer player he was at Barcelona.

uncle Toni was a tennis coach who had coached I think at national level in Spain before he discovered the talent of Rafa.

Rafa has a trainer / physio guy with him and has an alternate coach when uncle Toni can't make tournaments but thats it I think.



I understood
Monday last week I was in Cincy and after Young - Monfills match Nadal came out to
practice on the centre court.
He was hitting with Uncle Toni.
Uncle Toni hits with old fashion eastern forehand grip, pretty flat, very often slicing from the forehand side.
Backhand is one handed, flat, very often slicing it.
Thay had an easy hitting session, nothing to hard, but I was surprised how flat Rafa was hitting. Also, it looked like he was making more mistakes than Uncle Toni.
They had 6 balls with them and one guy that was walking around retreiving them.

Regards, Predrag
 
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