Toni Nadal, uncle and successful coach of the 14-time Grand Slam tournament winner Rafael Nadal, hinted at a press conference during the Mercedes Cup on Friday that there is a chance his nephew could be seen at next year's first grass tournament at the Stuttgart Weissenhof.
"In order to optimally prepare for Wimbledon, you need conditions similar to Wimbledon. And the courts here in Stuttgart are very similar to the courts at Wimbledon. I'll tell Rafael how well the conditions of the lawn in Weissenhof are," said Toni Nadal.
Tournament director Edwin Weindorfer took the message with joy, but cautioned: "It is of course a good sign when a Toni shows interest in having Rafael Nadal participate in the Mercedes Cup. But apart from the sporting aspects, the economic concerns are taken into account which are the concerns of manager of Carlos Costa," says Weindorfer. It will be interesting to see whether the current world ranking Number 2 from Spain will indeed play for the first grass court trophy at the Mercedes Cup next year after his victories in 2005 and 2007 when the venue had clay courts.
Toni Nadal leads the junior project The Making of a Wimbledon champion for the second time at this year's Mercedes Cup. The 53 year old Mallorcan gave the participating talent good grades, but cautioned of premature euphoria: "What I've seen from the young players makes me confident.
One can not assume that a winner of the Wimbledon project will actually become a champion. The road up to the top is very long and arduous, " explained Nadal, who also recognized the positive development of 17-year-old Alexander Zverev from Hamburg. "He has very good potential but can not rest but must continue to work hard on himself. In a year you will be able to see how he has coped with the great expectations put upon him."
With a smile on his face and in light of the upcoming finals of the World Cup between Germany and Argentina Toni Nadal added: "The Germans have a very good team - but in football, tennis they have yet to step it up!"
Translated by Chris Boardman (
Участие Рафаэля Надаля в Mercedes Cup 2015 возможножно.
Штутгарт 11 июля 2014: Тони Надаль, в пятницу на пресс-конференции в Mercedes Cup, сказал, что есть шанс, что его племянник в следующем году будет участвовать на турнире в Штутгарте, который будет проводиться впервые на траве.
"Корты в Штутгарте очень схожи с кортами в Уимблдоне. Я буду говорить с Рафаэлем о хорошем состоянии травяных кортов Weissenhofsiedlung", сказал Тони Надаль.
Директор турнира услышал сообщение с радости. "Это - конечно, хороший знак.. Но помимо спортивных аспектов должны быть приняты во внимание экономические проблемы".