Toni Nadal faced criticism from fans for blaming coaches for the mental health issues faced by tennis players.
In an interview with the "Boletin de Mallorca," the part-time coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime commented that the current approach of coaches is one of the significant reasons why tennis players are dealing with mental health problems.
According to Toni Nadal, coaches nowadays have a focus on positive criticism that does not help tennis players develop mental strength in the face of defeats or adversities.
This perspective sparked a debate among tennis enthusiasts and followers, with some agreeing with his assessment while others expressed differing opinions:
"Today there's too much information it's confusing, and it's all about positive criticism. That does not always work; on the contrary, it leads to greater frustration for players when they lose," Toni Nadal said.
"The teams behind the players have become so large, so many stats, analysis, nutritionists, and mental health coaches. And it is the latter [mental health coaches] that I believe are the cause for so many young players getting frustrated and being unable to handle defeat and the pressure," he added.
The fans expressed their disagreement with the words of Rafael Nadal's uncle:
"Toni Nadal hit the lottery with his nephew being one of the most talented players ever and has since then not stopped spouting the dumbest bulls**t ever," the fan tweeted.
“Why doesn't he do the same with Aliassime if it's that simple?”
“Rafa, however, will never be the model for success, Tony. Novak Djokovic is that model. Rafa is only the best player ever on clay. Novak is the GOAT—proven across all surfaces because he is stronger mentally and physically than Rafa due to his lifestyle, discipline, and support.”
“Really, these players would perform so much better just by not looking at their boxes after every single point. Man, just get out there and play.”