Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament semi-final match, on April 16, 2016 in Monaco. Nadal won the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET / AFP / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal is adding another voice to the team

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal will be working with Carlos Moya

In a statement, Rafa Nadal has praised Moya as not just a good friend but also a very important person in his career. Nadal previously trained with Moya when he was a teenager.

They were part of the Davis Cup-winning team for Spain in 2004, with Nadal crediting Moya for his support when Nadal, at 18 years old, defeated then world number 2 Andy Roddick.

Moya has stated he was very happy to receive a call from Toni Nadal, Nadal’s uncle and lifelong coach.

He has previously coached Canadian Milos Raonic, who in 2016 attained a career ranking high of no. 3 and was a first-time Wimbledon finalist under his guidance. Moya is also expected to work at Nadal’s tennis academy.

Since winning his ninth French Open in 2014, Nadal has made two grand slam quarterfinals and a recurring wrist injury has seen him taking time off the tour in 2016.

This is the first time he has formally announced an additional coach.

Over the weekend Nadal paired up with Marc Lopez to win the Spanish Championships in doubles. Nadal will play the Mubadalaba exhibition tournament from December 29 to 31 in Abu Dhabi and start his 2017 campaign at the Brisbane International tournament on January 1st.


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