By Concise News Correspondent

Rafael Nadal (AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI)
Rafael Nadal (AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI)

Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni Nadal has fallen out with the tennis great as he has said he will no longer accompany him.

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The senior Nadal complained that he is being shut out of decision-making, the reason he gave for his decision to distance himself from Rafael.

“From next year I will no longer follow Rafael on the circuit and I will focus exclusively on our [tennis] academy,” he was quoted as saying on the Italian website tennisitaliano.it.

“Relations with my nephew are still excellent. During all these years, we have never been through a crisis,” he said.

“Until he was 17 years old, it was me who decided everything. Then Carlos Costa arrived as manager. Then his father became closer, each having his opinions.

“And the truth is that every year I had less decision-making, until the day when I will decide on nothing.”