interview uncle toni

Interview with Tio Toni


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"The effort has served Nadal to win and be happy"
-What brought you Tenerife?
I had not have the opportunity to come to this island and I came to contribute my bit in the development of tennis.

-You have to know that your visit has generated a great excitement in the island

Well, let's say I'm quite normal coach who has been fortunate to have a nephew who is a good tennis player, my merit is not great and more notable about me as a coach I'm the one who turned out to be the cheapest for Rafael by the fact that I'm his uncle [laughs].

-But something has contributed to the secret for the success of your player.
I can say is that we have worked primarily in terms of two principles: have a great drive, and know that to get up there needs a hard work. It's not good to only strive to reach the top but to have fun as well. Rafael has been fortunate because since young age he is accustomed to working with great intensity, got used to a great demand in every workout. So the effort has not only served to win a few tournaments but also to be happier.

-How did you end up being a coach?

 My story is simple, I was fond of tennis when I was 13 or 14 years. In my town there were two tennis courts, I tried to be a good player, I did not get it, though it was a failure I had a great time trying. I moved to Barcelona to combine tennis and to neither put an end to my studies and I didn't end up doing my studied nor turning into a good player. When I returned to my village, I began to train. I was director of CT Manacor and had some success in the Balearics, but after a few years I began to dedicate myself exclusively to my nephew when he was 10 or 11 years old. All my life I have enjoyed training and I was lucky to make this passion my job. I have a feeling I never work on this, although I admit that what bothers me is traveling.

-Where is the Rafa's ceiling?

The ceiling of Rafael are the adversaries, Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, Federer... They are the ones that will determine that.

-Do you consider that to beat the record of of Grand Slam tournament won is within reach of your nephew?
At the moment is pretty far because we are at 10 and Federer has 16. The reality is very difficult to win every tournament. In any case I am more than pleased to have been able to work with my nephew who has achieved 10 GS and 6 Grand Slam Roland Garros. I do not know how many more he will be able to win.

-Should you find it more feasible if the finals were against Roger Federer, in which he seems to have caught the measure.

Toni: Well, playing against Federer is complicated but it is true that he has overcome him on many occasions recently.

-However, Djokovic has now emerged a zappy. What is the reason that your pupil was unable to beat him in the most recent finals?

Due to the quality of Djokovic, who is a great player. If I report, in Indian Wells Rafael should have won because he played better, but he crashed and lost. Then in Miami, it was 6-5 in the third, and 15-30, and the ball was out by little, although not count as excuses. And then on clay, the other was better, perhaps because the two previous losses affected him. In Madrid he was superiot and Rome even though it was 6 / 4 and 6 / 4 he (Rafa) was more balanced. I believe that in difficult moments of the match Djokovic was better, more or less what happens to Federer with Rafael in compromising situations. Of course, for there is nothing to detract from Djokovic, who is very very good ...

-What options do you see to obtain this month a third Wimbledon title?
I see Wimbledon being complicated it is a special tournament that Rafael has always done well, where he has played four straight finals, lost the two first and won the last two. If you get a good server in the first round you can go home. It's a tournament that gives you little chance to control, and we have experienced little that we had bad luck in previous occasions. Where there has been losses against theoretically lower players.

-Is it possible that the high energy that Rafa Nadal gives physically and psychologically throughout his career can take a toll in the short term?
No, I have been hearing that for a long time. Rafael is 25 years old but has a seven or eight years career among the better of the world, for 7 years he's been top two and in fact, if he finished his career next year he would have had a long path inside the Top 50. That yes, is true he would be worn up

-But his physical ability will wear off at some point.
Obviously yes, and he has already diminished a bit and so he will be more carefully. But it is law of life, if you start at age of 16 it's normal to end it at 28 or so.

-And is there a plan B for when you decrease the physicality? Maybe further enhance the technique?
The technique has been improved more or less well. I heard many times that fast courts would never be good and the reality is that after Federer he was the best: He has won two Grand Slam tournaments (Australia and USA) on that surface, two Wimbledon and many other tournaments, so a bad hard court player can not have done that. The technique has been improving gradually.

-Do you think he still has room for improvement?
Rafa has a lot to improve, especially when compared to Federer. He has a normal serve, although it has improved somewhat. Everything can always be improved, however evolving technically doesn't always help you to play better.

-Can it be said that the serve is a pending subject?
 The fact is that getting it faster or stronger does not guarantee you more success. By serving it little less strongly, the ball takes half a second longer, for instance, to go and also in returning sometimes it takes longer to return back the ball ... We try at all times keep improving and in fact he does better on fast courts now.

-Do you often have adapting the work to the characteristics of the player or the player are the ones who have to adjust to his coach?
There are different ways to do it, in some cases you have a prodigious technique and an innate talent, as the case of Federer, who hits the ball very well from either side, in other cases you have great physical and other great skill. In the case of Rafael is true that he has always been recognized for his psychological ability to resolve critical situations, but Rafael has a strange technique  but I think technically is good because he can get the ball inside from either side, it is true that in his case most notable is his mentality. He was no born that way but he has worked since childhood, always gave great importance to the head, for the telling in tennis. There is a peculiar way to do it with each player. If instead of Rafael I would have coached Federer I would not have trained his head as much, rather other things.

-The character and behavior of a tennis player is the reflection what the coach projected? I say with humility that it is recognized in both you and Rafa Nadal
In the case of Rafael influence is two things, he has been a person who has been guided and educated well at home. He has normal values​​, which have always served in life and has kept. Not that he's been taught by me, though I admit that it would have bothered me a lot to a relative of mine who was very rude. We have always tried s to do a work that was jointly with a good personal formation because the people that succeeds should take care of that, because athletes today are a role models for youth. I always knew from the outset that I would not have liked to see an outstanding player who did not have a good performance both on and off the court. Being a correct person helps a lot. I've always heard in different areas of life that to succeed you have to step on others or ignore them, for me that's not true. It's much easier to win in any activity to be a successful person because you have more in mind. If you have a poorly educated student is more difficult pay attention. I think that Rafael being a proper person has done much both during training and now at the level of personal satisfaction, recognition, support from sponsors ... Not intended as a model for society, but a correct person, he is a tennis boy not Mother Teresa of Calcutta, yes, I think she's good person.

-What does this suggest about the role parents should play with the players in the making?
 It is good for the child to have parental pressure, but from my point of view we are in a world where too often we make children do what we like, and when this happens in the end the child ends up not liking anything. And efforts should always be better when they like what they do to do. You have to be careful and be aware that what functions is work. To which emphasizes always permitted him any excess, a bad answer. ... I think it's much better to show kids the hard road rather then the easy one. In this sense Rafael was fortunate to be an obedient boy, who has been led by people with more experience and that's what I miss most lacking today in many people.

-Has being the family member of Rafa given you more control on influencing his personal life in his sports performance?

That has helped because I had a totally superior descent on him. The fact that they did not pay me to be his coach is crucial. If I lived on the pay, I might have cost me to say few things.

-So, you share more things than strictly sports?
Yes, I usually give advice, both personal and sports related.

-When will we see a Rafa Nadal on a courts of Tenerife?
He would already like to come here

-Mallorca, where is your pupil and his friend Carlos Moya from, meets climatic conditions conducive for racquet sport. Is not it strange that in the Canaries, where even the weather is better, has not left any leading player in the men's tour?
I do not know the canary subject in tennis, although it is truth that is a canary player, David Marrero, that plays now in doubles. Also there are girls like Magüi Serna, Carla Suárez.… I run away from stereotypes and say what needs to get this or that. When Rafael was 14 years old, the Spanish Federation of Tennis proposed to us to move from Manacor offering opportunity for us to train Barcelona and I said that it was not necessary. You winning or not depends on the effort or you're a phenomenon. If you are a phenomenon anywhere and if you try, you also have more options to leave. If Rafael stayed in Manacor, a town of thirty thousand inhabitants, with a club of five courts, here in Tenerife or Las Palmas players can also do it, because Rafael is not a special guy, he is a person with good conditions but is not a phenomenon, although he has been tried and has good capabilities that have exploited well. So here, if the coaches have hope, that's the main thing, rather than the weather, the end appears a good player. In addition, you adapt to whatever it takes if you want.

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