Rafael Nadal’s uncle makes a veiled joke at Novak Djokovic’s racket smash in Tokyo 2020.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle and long-time instructor explains why the Spaniard has never destroyed a racket in his professional career.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle and long-time instructor explains why the world number three has never destroyed a racket in his professional career. Since Novak Djokovic let his frustrations get the best of him at the Olympics, outbursts have been the talk of the tennis world. During his bronze medal match loss to Pablo Carreno Busta, the world number one tossed a racket into the empty stands and later destroyed a second racket.
While long-time opponent Djokovic and even Roger Federer have been known to smash rackets in the past, the Spaniard is noted for never doing so during his professional career.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is regarded as the most tenacious of the three, approaching every shot as if it were a match point, whereas Federer can afford to miss a couple as long as he wins the game.
Uncle Toni, who trained his nephew from a young age till 2018, had the greatest influence on Nadal’s mindset and playing style.
Toni, who convinced his nephew to play tennis with his left hand despite being naturally right-handed, previously detailed why the 13-time Roland Garros champion has never destroyed a racket.
“You chuck one racket and I’m no longer your coach,” his uncle informed a six-year-old Nadal, according to Tennis World. There are millions of children around the world who would benefit from having a racket but do not have one.”
“Nadal has never broken a racquet,” he continued. It would be disrespectful to those who have to pay for the equipment to participate in the sport.”
The 35-year-old recently commented on Djokovic’s outburst, calling it “odd” that a champion would act in this manner.
According to El Espanol, the current world number three commented, “Fortunately, there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, these things happen from time to time.”
Speaking in Washington, where he will face Jack Sock tonight in his first match since losing to Djokovic at Roland Garros.
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