Toni Nadal, the uncle and former coach of 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, has joined the teaching crew of Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Nadal, broadly often called ‘Uncle Toni’, coached his nephew from childhood and thru his grownup profession till he stood down in 2017.
He’ll now be a part of the crew of highly-rated Auger-Aliassime, 20, beginning at subsequent week’s Monte Carlo Masters.
“I by no means thought-about earlier than to work for another person,” Nadal, 60, stated.
Nadal left his nephew’s crew after serving to him to his first 16 Grand Slam titles to work solely on the Rafael Nadal Academy in Majorca.
Auger-Aliassime is ranked twenty second on the earth and also will preserve his present coach Frederic Fontang.
“I sat down with Fred and my crew and oldsters and I believed to myself it might be good to go to somebody who has been on the highest degree of our sport, who has been to the place I need to go,” stated the Canadian, who’s but to achieve a Grand Slam quarter-final.
Nadal stated he wouldn’t be in both participant’s field if Auger-Aliassime and his nephew met within the coming months.
“If [Rafa] has to lose to somebody then I’d quite him lose to Felix,” he stated. “I am nonetheless his uncle and have a few years of involvement with him.”
In the meantime, British primary Dan Evans didn’t convert 4 match factors in defeat by Lorenzo Musetti on the Sardegna Open in Italy.
Evans led 6-3 within the deciding set tie-break however the Italian, the youngest participant on the earth’s high 100, fought again to win 6-1 1-6 7-6 (10-8).
Evans was the highest seed for the clay-court occasion in Cagliari.