With the recent surge of high-profile coaching changes occurring at the highest level on the ATP tour, it is not surprising that many are looking to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, anticipating whether the Spaniard will be interested in following the trend. Michael Chang has joined Japanese Kei Nishikori, German star Boris Becker has teamed up with world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and now it appears that Stefan Edberg will be joining the Federer camp for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in Melbourne.
While this may be the case, it appears that is not the case, as Rafa has declared satisfaction with his own team and is not interested in changing it ahead of the 2014 season.
“It is great to have a great champion in tour games as they bring great charisma to the game. It will be great to have Ivan and Boris around this season. It is a good thing and will do positive things to the tour,” said Nadal, speaking with Gulf News. “However, I will stick to my team. I always feel when I play bad, it is my fault and when I’m winning I’m doing the right things. I had success in my career with the same team. I had good and worst moments with the same team. I understand if anything goes wrong, nobody is responsible more than me.”
Dating back to his return from a career-threatening knee injury in February, Nadal won 10 ATP titles, including two Grand Slams (French and US Open) and five Masters 1000 events. Following his US Open victory over Novak Djokovic, Nadal regained the no. 1 position on the Emirates ATP rankings the following week and also reached the finals of the Barclays World Tour Finals. The emotional Nadal admit that his achievements in 2013 were the most difficult thing he has ever done in his career,
“I said that it was the most difficult thing I did in my career. It was very emotional for the fact that 10 months ago, I didn’t know if I have a chance to be back in this competitive fashion on tour. I didn’t know I will have my game. It was a big surprise and very emotional.”
For Nadal, returning to professional tennis required a mental strength and determination to topple the odds. It is a matter of getting through the hard days and practicing as hard as possible.
“I don’t have to convince nobody, that’s the real thing. I accept the critics, I accept the positive things people say about me. You are in the world of tennis and at times, you can have poor days. However, the only thing that I can do is practice as hard as I can. I always look to keep improving whether in practice or in tournament,”