After 27 years and 75 titles together, Toni Nadal (Manacor, 1961) left in November of last year to train his nephew Rafael, as he likes to call Rafa, a brilliant semifinalist of the US Open after eliminating Thiem. A happy and lauded stage that “began the day when my brother Sebastian’s son entered my tennis court with only three years”, as Toni wrote in the farewell letter he published in the newspaper. The country’. “I have been more annoying than peaceful and more demanding than I have been to flattery, I have given him more of a point of dissatisfaction than of pleasure and I have always given him full responsibility”. Indeed, quite the opposite of what in the current society we do the great majority of parents, educators or coaches with our children, students or young athletes.
“We live in a world of technology where it seems that we are going to solve things with new methods, there are biomechanical studies, statistics … But the reality is that after all that, the boys are worse than before,” he said recently. a radio interview and a video that circulates with great acceptance by social networks. Although he no longer trains Rafa, Toni is still a reference and continues to be linked to tennis with his academy. “When we arrived at the professional circuit, the best in the world were 20-21 years old, and now the best in the world, after all these knowledge and innovations that have appeared, are older, something has failed,” he adds. An interesting fact about which everyone, but especially athletes and coaches, we should reflect.
“The late maturation of the boys, the protectionism and want to have everything organized are to the detriment of them,” explains the Mallorcan. “I have said many times: what is good for a professional player is not necessarily for a boy in training . There are values that help improve and others that hinder. At the Academy, understanding that the world changes and that there are certain things that have changed with technology, this being true, it is also true that what is important is still important “, adds Rafael’s uncle, whom I have already recommended to listen or read. Attentively in the interview he gave to the digital magazine ‘The Tactical Room’.
I hate who does not think like me
In addition, in the article mentioned at the beginning, Toni reflected on the fact that “we live in a society in which the dominant fanaticism, in politics above all, leads us to only take our point of view and despise, underestimate and even hate the one who thinks or feels different from us. ” The truth is that the coach of the best Spanish athlete of all time – the best athlete is possibly already Carolina Marín – is a great example for the rest of coaches, athletes and, why not, also for politicians, of whom he speaks without tapujos
“I do not like being politically correct, but I see that there are people who have no other choice, because our society is willing to look at any expression with a magnifying glass, and that discourages anyone by expressing their real opinion about things,” he says. Toni “Politically correct language seems to me pure demagogy: in mature societies, things are clearly said, trying to be respectful and without offending anyone.” This is what he said, already as an ex-coach of Rafa, in an interesting interview by Álvaro Sánchez in which he stressed that “the trial of an action depends on whether the protagonist is your team or not.” In politics, some are capable of recriminating On the contrary, what you did before or will do later, José Luis López Aranguren said: in the government there is talk of politics and in opposition, ethics “. Maybe because it is not usual, neither in sport nor in life In general, it is a relief to listen to a coach who has won everything over saying that he thinks “that a job well done and committed closer to happiness than mere fun”. And, as Toni remembers, “it’s one thing to be happy and another to be happy,” which is why some unhappy people can be happy with Nadal’s defeats. Yes, I refer to those politicians from three to the fourth as the one who tried to offend Rafa by saying that his tennis was “soporific, defensive, hypermuscular and pasabolas”. More would have been worth having a coach like Toni, who, in addition to some tennis, would have taught him to be more educated.