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Toni Nadal joins Auger-Aliassime’s group
April 8, 2021
Toni Nadal, the uncle and former coach of 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, has joined the teaching group of Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Nadal, extensively often known as ‘Uncle Toni’, coached his nephew from childhood and thru his grownup profession till he stood down in 2017.
He’ll now be part of the group of highly-rated Auger-Aliassime, 20, beginning at subsequent week’s Monte Carlo Masters.
“I by no means thought of earlier than to work for another person,” Nadal, 60, stated.
Nadal left his nephew’s group after serving to him to his first 16 Grand Slam titles to work completely on the Rafael Nadal Academy in Majorca.
Auger-Aliassime is ranked twenty second on this planet and also will hold his present coach Frederic Fontang.
“I sat down with Fred and my group and fogeys and I assumed to myself it could 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 succeed in 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 somewhat 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 this planet’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.