Rafael Nadal reveals uncle Toni apologised after questioning the Spaniard’s battle with injury: ‘I’m No 1 or 2 in the world and it’s difficult to be where I am being an injured person’
- Rafael Nadal is busy preparing to start his European clay-court season this week
- Out in Monte Carlo, the world No 2 revealed his uncle Toni has apologised to him
- Toni is a long-time coach but questioning Nadal’s health in a recent interview
- But now it appears the pair have resolved their differences over the remarks
Rafael Nadal has revealed that his uncle and long-time coach Toni apologised to him after giving an interview that raised serious fears about his physical health.
Earlier this month his hugely influential relative told El Pais that his nephew, who has suffered more knee problems this year, ‘is not a tennis player, he’s an injured person who plays tennis.’
Nadal, who opens his European clay court campaign at the Rolex Monte Carlo Open this week, spoke on Monday and said that Toni had sought him out to clear the air.
Rafael Nadal has been given an apology by uncle Toni after recent comments about injuries
Toni Nadal told Spanish media that his nephew is just ‘an injured person who plays tennis’
‘He apologised to me. He came to the court and felt sorry for that,’ said the eleven times French Open champion.
‘Toni wanted to say it in a positive way because of course I had many issues and he said it has a lot of value what he is doing, for all the problem that he had.
‘Toni has conferences for companies every week so when you talk a lot sometimes you make mistakes. And it’s normal, I make mistakes, everybody makes mistakes.
They have had a long, successful relationship and are pictured winning the 2017 French Open
‘And of course it was a mistake for him, and he came to me and he felt sorry for that because he was a little bit over dramatic.
‘I’m No 1 or 2 in the world and it’s difficult to be where I am being an injured person. Of course I have more problems than almost the rest of my competitors but I was able to manage it well.’
Toni Nadal has been a near constant in his career, but has stepped back from day to day coaching of the Spanish great, who said that his knees had improved again since missing the Miami Open.
Nadal added that he had been delighted to see Tiger Woods win the Masters, and empathised with all the physical struggles he has been through.
Nadal heaped praise on his ‘favourite sportsman’ Tiger Woods after he won the 2019 Masters
‘It is amazing. He is probably my favourite sportsman in the world since a long time ago,’ he said. ‘I am a big fan of him. It has been tough years for him and I can’t be more happy about the victory of yesterday.
‘You imagine all the process and the hard work he had to do to be back on a golf course.
‘It is so difficult, all the things that he did. To finally win a grand slam – especially at Augusta, probably his favourite one – means everything for him.’
Nadal has a tough first match in what is the first significant event of the European clay court season, facing compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut as he seeks to maintain his traditional dominance in this period of the year.
Nadal begins his campaign in Monte Carlo against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut
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