In an interview to Punto de Break Francis Roig shared how his working relationship with Rafael Nadal started. The Barcelona native said: “I was training with Feliciano Lopez and one day Toni came asking me about the possibility of spending some weeks with Rafa because he had some little children and travelling throughout the year would have been complicated.
I accepted, it was a very ambitious project and you could see Rafa would become successful… Maybe not like he became. We started together in South America, where he played Buenos Aires, Costa de Sauipe and Acapulco. It will be the 16th season and it keeps being something unimaginable.
Many people were saying that Rafa would last 3-4 more years, but I never saw it like this, the ones who are in this team knew what he was capable of, his strength to go through difficulties. Just in 2005 at the end of the year, he was told that he would not be able to play anymore because of a foot issue and here we are fighting for 16 years.
I always say that I once asked him at Queen’s how much time he had left in tennis and he replied that he would end his career at 27-28 years of age. As long as he is competitive and he is willing to practice, I think he will keep going.”
On how Spanish tennis will look like after Nadal’s retirement, Roig concluded: “It will not be easy but in Spain new players always come up. Of course, not at the same level as the last few years but the tradition will continue. Having many reference points will be very helpful for the younger guys.”
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