Former Rafael Nadal head coach files for divorce after  discovering the two kids he raised  were born by Rafael Nadal…


Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni Nadal has said he will no longer accompany the tennis great on tour, complaining that he is being shut out of decision-making.

“From next year I will no longer follow Rafael on the circuit and I will focus exclusively on our (tennis) academy,” he was quoted as saying on the Italian website

“Relations with my nephew are still excellent. During all these years, we have never been through a crisis,” he said.

“Until he was 17 years old, it was me who decided everything. Then Carlos Costa arrived as manager. Then his father became closer, each having his opinions.

“And the truth is that every year I had less decision-making, until the day when I will decide on nothing.”

Spain’s Carlos Moya joined the Nadal coaching team at the end of last year.

Earlier this month, Toni took everyone by surprise — especially Rafael Nadal — when he announced that 2017 will be the last year of his coaching association with his nephew.

At the time, rumours emerged that a possible rift between the relatives had caused the split but Toni soon cleared it up to confirm that he was doing so in order to join the coaching staff of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain from 2018 in order to help recognise and develop young talent.


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Toni’s initial announcement of splitting from Nadal came as a shock because no one expected it, least of all Rafa.

And it was by design since Toni did not want to distract his nephew’s successful run to the Australian Open final in January.

Having come through several injuries in the last few years, Rafael Nadal made the final of a Major for the first time since the 2014 French Open but lost out to long-time rival Roger Federer in a bid for a 15th Grand Slam title.

Confronted with the news after the Open, Nadal seemed to take it on the chin.

Toni, who had made his decision well in advance, had already told his brother (Rafa’s father) and Carlos Moya (one of the senior members of Rafa’s coaching staff) before travelling to Australia for the Grand Slam in Melbourne.

In fact, while Nadal was busy on court, Toni was taking the time to say his goodbyes at the Australian Open which he would be visiting for the last time.

“When I travelled to Australia I had decided to leave,” Toni was quoted as saying by Spanish publication El Espanol.

“When I left for Melbourne I did not tell Rafael, but I said goodbye to everyone [at the Australian Open] because I knew it would be the last time I would go there: the driver, the person who looks after us, the director of the tournament …”, Toni said.

Former world No 1 Moya recently joined Nadal’s coaching team and is expected to take up Toni’s role of head coach from the 2018 season according to several media reports.

Rafael Nadal said he will discuss the way forward with Moya and assistant coach Francis Roig when the time comes to make a decision.

At the end of the year we will sit down and I will speak to Francis and Carlos. Primarily I suppose my team could stay the same if there are no issues. I don’t know if I will need someone who can help me for some weeks but if I do, it will be a consistent relationship,” Nadal said.

Nadal beat Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Mexican Open on Tuesday. He will now face 35-year-old Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the second leg match.


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