TENNIS ace Rafa Nadal will need a new coach after the 2017 season as his current trainer and uncle Toni plans to focus on the player's academy for up-and-coming young stars.
Rafa's uncle stressed there are no hard feelings between himself and Rafa and that their relationship has 'always been excellent', but that 'every year I make fewer decisions', which he knows will eventually lead to him 'not making any at all any longer'.
Former ATP number one Carlos Moya – born in Mallorca, as was Rafa – joined the 30-year-old king of clay's training team in 2016, ending a lifelong career in which Toni had been his sole coach, leading him to victory in 14 Grand Slams and nine Roland Garros titles.
From the start of the 2018 season, Uncle Toni will concentrate on bringing on the young talents enrolled in the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy.
Rafa spent almost three years without getting to the finals of any major tournament until mid-January this year when he got through to the last round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
He did not win the title, which went to Rafa's old rival and great friend Roger Federer after a nail-biting match.