Does Rafael Nadal need a new voice in his team? Well, 2015 has been one of the worst year in Nadal’s career winning just two ATP 250 series events on his favourite clay surface at Buenos Aires and on grass at Stuttgart. Apart from these two victories Nadal’s performance in other tournaments is below par by his standards.
Nadal has been affected by 12 loses so far in the 2015 season with poor performances especially in grand slams. After recovering from Appendicitis injury, Nadal made his first appearance at Doha open and lost in the first round, which lead to the quarter-final exit at the Australian open against Tomas Berdych. Nadal, couldn’t turn things around in the ATP 1000 masters at Indian Wells and Miami and suffered huge loss. After that he was quoted: “I’m suffering with nerves at the moment and couldn’t play the big points with confidence”, Which is a rarity and people never used to hear things like those over the years from the Spaniard.
Later, came the most crucial and important European clay court swing where the Spaniard always plays his best. Even, that was a sorry tale for the Spaniard as he never won a single title over there after 10 years. But, still he was regarded as one of the favourite to win the Roland Garros but he had to face his biggest threat Novak Djokovic as early as in the Quarter-final and he lost to the Serbian in straight sets.
With no points to defend after Roland Garros, Nadal remained confident that he could change things around after winning a grass tournament at Stuttgart but it was the same story again where he lost in the first round at the Queens club and later went on to lose in the second round at Wimbledon against the German Dustin brown.
This has been his game style that worked for him over the years, and fetched him many titles and made his way into one of the greats of the game. What’s wrong with his game style now? Has he been too predictable? People reading his game and anticipating in the right way or just a bad patch he has been going through?
Nadal, has been clear with his opinions that Family is more important than tennis, so we might not see the Spaniard dumping his Uncle as the coach, but adding a new Member to his team would be a great option who can give him some new ideas to his game. Players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic added the likes of Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker and it wonders for them and they are the top two players in the world at the moment.
Adding a new member to his team might be a great option as his game style has been too predictable and adding some new elements to his game will be really useful for the rest of his career. Former American legend “John Mcenroe” also voiced his opinion that Nadal needs a new voice in his team.
However, the Spaniard said that if his gameplay doesn’t suit him in the long run, that might be the time where he might think of different options in his game.