Rafael Nadal is currently practicing at his academy in Mallorca, Spain. He is preparing to take part in the upcoming US Open competition and the 22-time Grand Slam champion will be eyeing a fifth title at Flushing Meadows.

Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal shares a great relationship with his uncle Toni Nadal. The 61-year-old Toni coached his nephew since the latter’s childhood before the duo parted ways in 2017. The legendary coach is fondly known as “Uncle Toni” and he currently trains the 21-year-old Canadian tennis pro, Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Recently, a few videos have surfaced on the internet where the legendary Rafael Nadal is seen practising at his own academy. In one of the videos, Nadal was spotted playing a rally with Toni’s son Joan Nadal. The youngster packs a punch and gave a good fight before losing the point.

Later in the video, the 36-year-old is seen signing a shirt for his cousin. Certainly, a gift that Joan will cherish and hold close to his heart.


“I have never seen anyone like him.” – John McEnroe heaps praise on Rafael Nadal

John McEnroe is known for speaking his heart. He is a legend in his own right with a combined total of 16 Grand Slams in singles events and men’s doubles events.

John McEnroe interviews Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open

The former world No. 1 was all praise for the amount of effort Nadal puts in during his matches. McEnroe also compared the Spaniard to the legendary Jimmy Conors.

“I have never seen anyone like him. I thought Jimmy Connors was trying hard until I saw Rafael Nadal, that’s insane.
And that is the greatest quality he has, by far. The guy is an amazing player, we all know that. But the fact that he can go out on the court and put in that kind of effort is something that people yearn for, but it’s very hard to do,” John McEnroe said during an interview with Tennis365.

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