Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Toni and his nephew Rafael Nadal April 7, 2013 — Toni Nadal, the uncle and long time coach of Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, was the distinguished guest speaker at a tennis coaches’ conference today. The Babolat-sponsored  event was held in the city of Katowice as part of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open stop of the WTA Tour. “Uncle Toni” — as he’s adoringly known to the tennis world — addressed subjects from junior tennis, to being a tough coach on his nephew Rafa, and even gave his thoughts on Polish tennis player Jerzy Janowicz‘s ascension. Toni began by addressing the age he believes kids should begin playing tennis, despite his own nephew starting at a younger age. “The optimal age to start tennis training is 5 or 6 years old. That way the kid has a lot of options and time to learn the game,” he stressed. “I started to work with Rafael when he was three years old. However, you don’t need to necessarily start that early. Rafael was always willing to train, I never had to forc
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