Beijing: Rafael Nadal's lifelong mentor, his uncle Toni, has opened the door to hiring a 'super-coach' if the 14-time Grand Slam-winner fails to recapture his spark next season.
Toni Nadal and Rafael Nadal
Toni Nadal said the 29-year-old should consider following Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and others by bringing in a superstar mentor if the turnaround does not come soon.
Calls for Nadal to abandon Toni blew up after he flopped at both the French Open, a tournament he has won nine times, and Wimbledon during a dismal run this year.
"I think you need to ask Rafael," he said at the China Open in Beijing, when asked by AFP if Nadal should consider a new mentor.
"Maybe if next year Rafael is playing not too good, then I think he can think about some changes in his game or in his team."