Rafael Nadal: I wouldn't be playing tennis if it wasn't for Uncle Toni

By  AFP | New York | Posted  12-Sep-2017

Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Kevin Anderson during the US Open men's singles final in New York on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images
Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Kevin Anderson during the US Open men's singles final in New York on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.

The US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal's long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead taking a role directing Nadal's youth academy. In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. "I wouldn't be playing tennis if it wasn't for uncle Toni.

Toni Nadal
Toni Nadal

I'm thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time. Because of his motivation I could get through all the problems in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger," Nadal said.

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