Rafa Nadal has announced the addition of fellow Mallorcan, Carlos Moyà, to his coaching team. He will retain his uncle Toni, who has been with him since childhood, and Frances Roig who has been on his team for many years, as he starts his 2017 bid to win another Grand Slam at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.
“I am very excited to announce that Carlos will join my team immediately and will be working together with Toni and Francis Roig,” the Spaniard 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 on my practice and competition. At the same time he will also join the Rafa Nadal Academy working with Toni and the rest of the technical team.”
Nadal, who has 14 slams, nine of them on the clay of Roland Garros, quit the French Open due to a wrist injury after two wins this summer and returned to competition late in the season without making an impact.
Moyà, 40, a former World No. 1, who was twice runner-up in Melbourne and won the 1998 French Open, is a long-time friend of the Nadal family and has left the world No 3 Milos Raonic to join Rafa's team.
“Toni called me while I was at the IPTL competition,” Moyà said. “It was great to receive that call. To be able to help Rafa is something special for me and I am sure that, together with Toni, Francis and the rest of the team we have a great common project.
“Rafa is a special player and, above all, a great person. I have a lot of trust and confidence that he will be able to continue winning important titles. At the same time, the academy is an important challenge in an already very professional structure with great professionals that do an excellent work.”
Toni Nadal said, “When I knew Carlos had stopped with Raonic I called him. Carlos has always been a special person for us. He was always there to help us. We think it is the right moment to have him join our team.”
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