Felix Auger-Aliassime has confirmed that Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach Toni Nadal has joined his staff forward of the clay-court season.
News broke in Spain that Uncle Toni, who stopped working along with his nephew on the finish of 2017, would staff up with the 20-year-old Canadian earlier on Thursday.
Auger-Aliassime, 20, is among the hottest prospects in males’s tennis and has peaked at a career-high rating of world No. 17. He at the moment lies 5 locations shy of that within the ATP leaderboard.
Confirming the information to his social media following, Auger-Aliassime wrote: ‘Welcome aboard Toni.’
It’s doable that Rafael Nadal may face off towards his uncle’s new cost subsequent week, when they are going to each be a part of the sphere on the Monte Carlo Masters.
Uncle Toni made it clear simply how extremely he charges Auger-Aliassime, telling Marca: ‘I’ve particular affection for my nephew but when he have been to lose to somebody let it’s Felix.
‘I don’t cease being Rafael’s uncle… Let’s hope that sooner or later Felix shall be primary on the planet. For now, he has to enhance.
‘I couldn’t work with somebody who was not respectful and didn’t have values. I used to be fortunate to work with a child [Nadal] who was respectful and set instance.
‘I expect the same. Felix is a youngster who should, in theory, be among the best in world in coming years.’
Toni Nadal has been added to the teaching staff alongside present coach Federic Fontang.
While Auger-Aliassime has executed effectively to stand up the rankings, he is but to win an ATP title, regardless of reaching seven finals.
He has reached finals on all the tour’s surfaces – each indoor and out of doors onerous, grass and clay.
In his most up-to-date remaining, he was crushed in straight units by British No. 1 Dan Evans in Melbourne forward of the Australian Open.
Perhaps extra disappointingly, the 20-year-old is but to achieve the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.
He led qualifier Aslan Karatsev by two units to like within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open this 12 months earlier than dropping in 5.
Improvement could be anticipated on the postponed French Open later this month. Auger-Aliassime has but to transcend the primary spherical at Roland Garros.
Meanwhile, there was an agonising defeat for top-ranked Brit Evans in Cagliari towards proficient Italian Lorenzo Musetti.
Evans was blown away within the first set by the 19-year-old – who’s extensively tipped to be one of many stars of the clay-cout season – however clawed his approach again into the match.
However, he did not convert 4 match factors in a dramatic final-set tiebreak and went down 6-1 1-6 7-6 (10-8).
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