I Kinda like this interview. It's pretty long but I think think it's worth to read. Some things I don't quite understand in this interview though
Like when Toni says:At least he didn't bring home a itygirl (Why would he say that??) and he calls his nephew Nadal every now and then.. Or is that just the writer who changed it?
Well anyway.. This is the article
Uncle Toni Tells Nadal's Story: He's a Good Kid
Uncle Toni looked left and right, pointed at the 2 sofas at the non-public area before rushing over: "Let's go over there." Following blindly behind him was Nadal whom had just finished signing autographs for female fans, the hotel's security personnel immediately rushed up to stop him; to inform him that the lift is at the other end. Uncle Toni turned back and looked lovingly at his nephew: "This boy is like that, where Toni goes, he will follow."
It's A Pity, He's Attached
You need to pay more attention to hear Uncle Toni talking about Nadal. This old chap's English is as bad as his nephew's. The Spaniards have this habit or maybe it's like that all along, like to end their sentences with a "No?". He was presently surprised after meeting a group of fans in the lobby; it was only until he came to Shanghai that he finally believes that his nephew has already became an idol.
"It's a pity, he's attached." He made a face and smiled wickedly at the thought of young female fans' reactions, "He always said he's single, to the media, also kept me in the dark. However, there's nothing I wouldn't know about this kid, he always thought this is a well-kept secret, actually his girlfriend's waiting for him back in Mallorca." Uncle Toni calls Nadal by his full name; "Rafael", "Rafael's a honest boy since young, his friends around him are always those few familiar faces. He's not the type who will treat himself as a celebrity after being famous; he still behaves the same as he was before he won the French Open. He has never changed, even his handphone's number is still the same. Of course, he's still dating the same girl. His girlfriend's a fellow Mallorcan, I guessed they met long ago." He laughed heartily and made a face, "I can't control him in this, anyway, at least he didn't bring home a city girl. But I guess a lot of girls will be terribly upset after knowing
He's Not A Spendthrift
Nadal has earned quite a lot after turning famous, he has already launched his own perfume, there's even rumors from Spain that this teenage celebrity's planning to buy a small island. Uncle Toni snorted contemptuously at the latter: "My nephew is not a spendthrift, only spendthrifts will do this type of silly things."
Then where did Nadal spent his money on? This fatherly uncle winked: "You know, Rafael's father is wealthy all along, he's living with his parents in a big house which is free from mortgage. Besides, he has been well brought up since young; they have educated him to spend his money wisely. So, Rafael has never splurged on expensive branded things, he's a good kid."
Sometimes, he would invite a few friends to have a few drinks at pubs. Disco? "No, Rafael dislikes noisy places." He's a movie buff, even his poor English won't hinder his love for Hollywood movies. He also watches Spanish movies, "He has watched a few of Pedro Almodovar's movies and claimed he likes it very much. However, I'm a bit worried because his movies are pretty dark. Youngsters should be happy and lively."
Clears His Mind by Fishing
Mallorca's a quiet and peaceful small island, life there is very different from Madrid. Nadal whom was born and bred in Mallorca, has inherited the locals' philosophy of having a peaceful and normal life. "Everyone knows him but nobody treats him like a celebrity. Unlike in Madrid, where Rafael can't even go out on the streets, once they see him, everybody will start cheering and shouting his name." Toni said, "But it's different in Mallorca, he's just a normal boy. He knows everyone on the island, too familiar. When he's not training, he will go fishing or golfing alone."
Nadal is actually a shy and introvert person. He likes to row himself to the river near his home and fish. "Over there, there's a breed of very tiny fishes. Rafael always catches that particular breed and brings home a pail full of it." His nephew doesn't have the habit of sharing his troubles, Toni said, sometimes he would go fishing to clear his mind.
"Think about it, a year of traveling is nothing to an old man like me, but to Nadal, it's a bit cruel, he's still young. Sometimes I can feel that he's moody, even though he doesn't complain openly. Today in New York, tomorrow in Paris, it's a short stay everywhere, with no friends by your side, it's very tough on him. But he loves tennis and this is what he has to go through."
For most of the year, Nadal and Uncle Toni have only each other to rely on. He's the only shoulder this teenager can lean on. Even though Nadal always lets his uncle do all the decision-making, there are times when he has his stubborn streak. "Once he set his mind on anything, he will never turn back. Sometimes we would get into arguments but what can I do to this kid? I can't beat him up, no, no, I'm not that type of person."
"Uncle, This Is From Raul"
Nadal's actually a fanatic too. His favourite footballers are Zidane and Raul from Real Madrid. "You know, when Raul gave him a football jersey last time, he was emotional for a long time after returning home. He said enthusiastically, "Uncle, uncle, can you believe it? This is from Raul."" Before leaving for Shanghai, Raul personally came to send Nadal off again. After hearing that Raul will be sending him off, Nadal couldn't sleep for the whole night.
Raul to Nadal is like an older brother he looks up to, even though he is now Spain's national hero, there wasn't any change in his idolization to Raul. He also has a best friend in Real Madrid and Spain's national team; that person is Iker Casillas. Nadal and Casillas, who's also around Nadal's age, get along very well. "They are best friends, they will talk non-stop every time they get together."
Although Nadal's a football fanatic, however his skills at football games are terrible. Toni said he would always get thrashed by a deficit of 5 goals and above. "Moya thrashed him by 6-0 last time and when he finally scored a goal, he was so happy that it's as if he has won the World Cup. The worst thrashing he ever got was like 0-9." Even though Nadal's making improvements in his tennis skills, there wasn't any improvements in his football skills.