Carlos Moya joins Rafael Nadal's coaching team

Fourteen-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal has hired fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya to join his coaching team, the 30-year-old Spaniard said on Saturday.

Rafael Nadal said in a statement that Carlos Moya would work alongside his uncle Toni Nadal and Francis Roig.   -  R. Ragu

Fourteen-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal has hired fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya to join his coaching team, the 30-year-old Spaniard said on Saturday.

Nadal said in a statement that Moya would work alongside his uncle Toni Nadal and Francis Roig.

“I am very excited to announce that Carlos will join my team immediately and will be working together with Toni and Francis Roig. To have someone like Carlos who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career, is something special. He will be next to me on my practice and competition. At the same time he will also join the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar working with Toni and the rest of the technical team.”

“Toni called me while I was at the IPTL competition. It was great to receive that call. To be able to help Rafa is something special for me and I am sure that, together with Toni, Francis and the rest of the team we have a great common project," Moya said.

“Rafa is a special player and, above all, a great person. I have a lot of trust and confidence that he will be able to continue winning important titles. At the same time, the academy is an important challenge in an already very professional structure with great professionals that do an excellent work.”

Toni Nadal said, “When I knew Carlos had stopped with Raonic I called him. Carlos has always been a special person for us. He was always there to help us. We think it is the right moment to have him join our team.”

Former World No. 1 Nadal struggled with injury this year and has slipped to ninth in the ATP rankings.

(With inputs from The Guardian)