There have been occasions during the past years where Rafa NadalÈs coaching team has been questioned. His uncle Toni has supervised that area ever since he was a child and it was reasoned that Nadal should have a new voice to listen to, much as his contemporaries of the Big Four have done, namely Roger Federer with Stefan Edberg, Novak Djokovic and Boris Becker as well as Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl.
It seems that that message has now been received as Nadal announces that his long-term friend and fellow Majorcan, is to step up as a coach for the coming season.
Carlos Moya, himself a former world number one with one grand slam title, the 1998 French Open, to his credit, has agreed to be a part of the Nadal team in tandem with uncle Toni.
I am very excited to announce that Carlos Moya will join my team immediately and work together with Toni [Nadal] and Francisco Roig,” Nadal said.
“To have someone like Carlos who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career is something special. He will be next to me at my practices and competition.”
Moya, who parted company with Milos Raonic, the Canadian he coached for the past two years to end this season as world No3, was equally delighted, if not surprised, at being asked.
Toni Nadal called me and to be honest it was great to receive that call,” said Moya who, with Nadal, was a member of the Spanish Davis Cup team which won the title in 2004.
“To be able to help Rafa is something special for me and I am sure that together with Toni, Francisco and the rest of the team we have a great common project. Rafa is a special player and above all a great person and friend on which I have a lot of trust and confidence that will be able to continue winning important titles.”
I am very excited to announce that Carlos Moya will join my team immediately and work together with Toni [Nadal] and Francisco Roig,