Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni has provided a fresh update on the leg injury he picked up during the Australian Open. Nadal’s former coach also slammed talk of retirement as he said it wasn’t on the world No 6’s mind despite his physical woes.
Nadal was struck down by a leg injury during his second-round loss at the Australian Open and is set to be out for a total of six to eight weeks. It comes after the end of his 2022 season was derailed by an ab injury after he tore the muscle at Wimbledon and ahead of the US Open and has sparked retirement fears as he continues to struggle physically.
But his uncle and former coach Toni has addressed his nephew’s plans and rubbished any retirement talk, saying that the thought isn’t in the 22-time Grand Slam champion’s head. “In his mind he is not retiring for now,” 61-year-old told EFE during an educational meeting with students from the Attendis schools.
The current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime did admit that Nadal could be forced to retire if his body gives in, adding: “Another thing is what the doctors say or that he has more pain than he touches.” But Toni confirmed that the world No 6 was still more than happy to keep playing tennis.