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Interesting article on Uncle Toni

Yashirobai
08-02-2008, 08:11 AM
Translated from Spanish to English by BabelFish:

Toni Nadal was a boy committed in a school of Palm, where the director, friend of his parents, said to him: " In this life it is necessary to learn to conjugate the verb to hold. I hold, you hold and he… ". He held Toni his, tennis by day and classes of History and Right at night, and by that way of unfinished studies he finished being the steel glance that directs to Rafael Nadal, its nephew, tetracampeón of Roland Garros and this year king of Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal RAFAEL NADAL THOROUGHLY Birth: 03-06-1986 Place: (Manacor) The news in other Webs * Webs in Spanish * in other languages Each match is its occasion to visit museums. But its escaquea nephew " And that is what " does not make people nowadays; , the technician says. " To hold. Everything is you beat. Without giving a religious concept him, people less are sacrificed. That is what I have tried to transmit Rafael to him. I say to him: ' Although the things go to you very well, although you succeed money and, you will have aguantarte, because there will be things that you will not be able to control. A relative will die. He will leave the fianc2ee you. And you will have aguantar'. That must train, just like in tennis drive. It is fundamental to be happier and better persona". Behind Rafa Nadal - that last night won to the Ecuadorian Nicholas Lapentti in quarters of end of the match of Cincinnati and all quiet rituals to control the times of the party and to choose the best ways towards the victory they are Toni Nadal and its Spartan vision of the life. Behind the technician, nevertheless, also they annoy the man interested in the history of Rome and II the World war; the reflections scandalized on the figures of Speer and Bon Ribbentrop in Nazi Germany and the taste by the art. Each match, each trip guiding the race of number two, is a possibility for Uncle Toni, that the Anglo-Saxons say to him. The technical one visits the MOMA in New York, it enjoys the Louvre in Paris, and he always returns to his dear impresionist painters in the Musée d' Orsay. There, perhaps while he loses himself between linen cloths of Cézanne, before pausing before his admired Him Bal au Moulin of the Galette de Renoir, Nadal, the uncle, continues macerating his speech, that is the one of the constant exigency, and that it has transmitted to his nephew from the days in which this one was a convinced boy that his uncle could make rain or turn to him into hair net. Nadal, the left-handed person who had to choose between the fishing, soccer and tennis, got rid of museums. Of the rest, no. The Majorcan was born with the body of an athlete. He learned and he continues learning the blows of a teacher. And today and always he yesterday, maintained a relativismo and a permanent dissatisfaction vital, transformed into improvement desire, that is the indelible mark of a life passed in company of its trainer. " I have not been strict with him only because it believes that is what gives the possibility of éxito" , his uncle argues, who has three children. " Maradona, Romario, Ronaldinho, different tennis players… did not have a strict behavior. I am not as idiot as to think that of this Rafa attitude it is in favor above, but I like like vital approach. This is a game. To be believed somebody to play tennis would be as stupid as to be believed somebody to play escondite" well;. Nadal, the tennis player, rejected to occupy a hotel of luxury in one of his first trips to Australia. Was a letter with all the failures committed nothing else to conquer its first great one. And it learned what is what must eat a sportsman when lost a party entripado of cruasanes with nocilla. Behind each of those movements, forming to the person and the sportsman, always they were Toni, its accomplices gestures, their indisimulado affection and its audible silencios. In its absence, the sins. A tennis racket never broke the champion. And, nevertheless, it observes his uncle, already it takes several destroyed console controls. " I liked that Rafael was austero" , the technician explains. " We spend many hours together and I was a hard type with him. It did not have left more remedy than to adapt it forms to see the life. Or from the times of the Greek philosophers it was questioned from where the happiness came and if the work or the pleasure were arrived at her by. The stoics or hedonistas" , he observes Toni, always amiable. " I believe that at the happiness she before arrives by the work and the discipline. He is what wanted of my children. He is better for the society than they did not have hunger of everything. We abuse the material. It is in which attempt to channel to them. That does not mean to have a dictatorial attitude, but in this society it seems that it is bad view the discipline. And the discipline, like the respect, is necesaria".


Original version in Spanish from ELPAIS.es:

Toni Nadal fue un niño internado en un colegio de Palma, donde el director, amigo de sus padres, le decía: "En esta vida hay que aprender a conjugar el verbo aguantarse. Yo me aguanto, tú te aguantas y él...". Aguantó Toni lo suyo, tenis de día y clases de Historia y Derecho de noche, y por ese camino de estudios inacabados terminó siendo la mirada de acero que dirige a Rafael Nadal, su sobrino, tetracampeón de Roland Garros y este año rey de Wimbledon.

Cada torneo es su ocasión para visitar museos. Pero su sobrino se escaquea

"Y eso es lo que no hace la gente hoy en día", dice el técnico. "Aguantarse. Todo son pegas. Sin darle un concepto religioso, la gente es menos sacrificada. Eso es lo que he intentado transmitirle a Rafael. Le digo: 'Aunque a ti te vayan las cosas muy bien, aunque tengas dinero y éxito, tendrás que aguantarte, porque habrá cosas que no podrás controlar. Morirá un familiar. Te dejará la novia. Y te tendrás que aguantar'. Eso se tiene que entrenar, lo mismo que en el tenis el drive. Es fundamental para ser más feliz y mejor persona".

Detrás de Rafa Nadal -que anoche venció al ecuatoriano Nicolás Lapentti en cuartos de final del torneo de Cincinnati- y todos sus silenciosos rituales para controlar los tiempos del partido y elegir los mejores caminos hacia la victoria están Toni Nadal y su visión espartana de la vida. Detrás del técnico, sin embargo, también laten el hombre interesado por la historia de Roma y de la II Guerra Mundial; las reflexiones escandalizadas sobre las figuras de Speer y Von Ribbentrop en la Alemania nazi y el gusto por el arte. Cada torneo, cada viaje guiando la carrera del número dos, es una posibilidad para Uncle Toni, que le dicen los anglosajones. El técnico visita el MOMA en Nueva York, disfruta del Louvre en París, y siempre vuelve a sus queridos pintores impresionistas en el Musée d'Orsay. Allí, mientras se pierde entre lienzos de Cézanne, quizás antes de detenerse ante su admirado Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette de Renoir, Nadal, el tío, sigue macerando su discurso, que es el de la exigencia constante, y que ha transmitido a su sobrino desde los días en los que éste era un niño convencido de que su tío podía hacer llover o convertirle en invisible. Nadal, el zurdo que debió elegir entre la pesca, el fútbol y el tenis, se libró de museos. Del resto, no. El mallorquín nació con el cuerpo de un atleta. Aprendió y sigue aprendiendo los golpes de un maestro. Y ayer, hoy y siempre mantuvo un relativismo vital y una insatisfacción permanente, transformada en deseo de mejora, que es la marca indeleble de una vida pasada en compañía de su entrenador.

"No he sido estricto con él sólo porque crea que eso es lo que da la posibilidad del éxito", argumenta su tío, que tiene tres hijos. "Maradona, Romario, Ronaldinho, distintos tenistas... no tuvieron un comportamiento estricto. No soy tan tonto como para creer que por esta actitud Rafa está arriba, pero me gusta como enfoque vital. Esto es un juego. Creerse alguien por jugar al tenis sería tan estúpido como creerse alguien por jugar bien al escondite".

Nadal, el tenista, rechazó ocupar un hotel de lujo en uno de sus primeros viajes a Australia. Se encontró una carta con todos los fallos cometidos nada más conquistar su primer grande. Y aprendió qué es lo que debe comer un deportista cuando perdió un partido entripado de cruasanes con nocilla. Detrás de cada uno de esos movimientos, formando a la persona y al deportista, siempre estuvieron Toni, sus cómplices gestos, su cariño indisimulado y sus audibles silencios. En su ausencia, los pecados. Nunca rompió el campeón una raqueta de tenis. Y, sin embargo, observa su tío, ya lleva varios mandos de consola destrozados.

"Me gustaba que Rafael fuera austero", explica el técnico. "Pasamos muchas horas juntos y fui un tipo duro con él. No le quedó más remedio que adaptarse a mi forma de ver la vida.Ya desde los tiempos de los filósofos griegos se cuestionaba de dónde venía la felicidad y si se llegaba a ella por el trabajo o el placer. Los estoicos o los hedonistas", observa Toni, siempre amable. "Yo creo que a la felicidad se llega antes por el trabajo y la disciplina. Es lo que quisiera de mis hijos. Es mejor para lo sociedad que no tuvieran apetencia de todo. Abusamos de lo material. Es en lo que intento encauzarles. Eso no significa tener una actitud dictatorial, pero en esta sociedad parece que esté mal vista la disciplina. Y la disciplina, como el respeto, es necesaria".


(Link: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/ultima/ser/feliz/hay/ser/austero/elppgl/20080802elpepiult_1/Tes)

finishingmove
08-02-2008, 08:17 AM
translation is not the best , but:

spartan vision of life :worship:

JolánGagó
08-02-2008, 08:22 AM
Hideous translation, if it could even be called "translation". A pitty because the article is very interesting in the original Spanish. MTF dogmas appart, Uncle Toni is a genuine Spartan, no wonder Rafa has achieved what he has.

Thanx for sharing.

DhammaTiger
08-02-2008, 08:23 AM
Thank you for posting a very interesting and informative article. In my book Uncle Toni is the best tennis coach in the game. Vamos Uncle Toni, Vamos Rafa!

Sebby
08-02-2008, 09:07 AM
Translated from Spanish to English by BabelFish

:spit: :haha:

kafemotor
08-02-2008, 10:54 AM
Tnq for the article. I used this translation instead...


Toni Nadal was a child in a boarding school in Palma, where the director, a friend of his parents, he said: "In this life we must learn how to conjugate the verb endure. I endured, you endure it and ..." . Toni as his stamina, tennis day and classes of History and Law at night, and on this path of unfinished studies ended up being the gaze of steel that runs to Rafael Nadal, his nephew, tetracampeón of Roland Garros and Wimbledon king this year.

Each tournament is your opportunity to visit museums. But his nephew was escaquea

"And that's what people do not today," said the coach. "Stamina. They all stick. Without giving a religious concept, people are less sacrificed. That's what I tried to convey to Rafael. I say: 'Even if you go you things very well, although you have money and success, you aguantarte that, because there will be things that you can not control. More UN family. You leave the bride. And you have to endure '. That has to train, as in tennis the drive. It is essential to be happier and better person ".

Behind Rafa Nadal-who last night defeated the Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Cincinnati-and all its rituals quieter times to control the match and choose the best paths to victory are Toni Nadal and his vision of Spartan life . Behind the technical, however, also beat the man interested in the history of Rome and World War II; scandalized reflections on the figures of Speer and von Ribbentrop in Nazi Germany and a taste for art. Every tournament, every travel guide career number two, is a possibility for Uncle Toni, who say the Anglo-Saxons. The technician visits the Moma in New York, enjoys the Louvre in Paris, and always returns to her beloved Impressionist painters at the Musée d'Orsay. There, while losing among paintings by Cezanne, perhaps before stopping with its admired Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Renoir, Nadal, the uncle, Macera continues his speech, which is the constant requirement, and that has sent his nephew since the days when he was a kid convinced that his uncle could make rain or become invisible. Nadal, who had to choose between left-handed fishing, football and tennis, escaped museums. Of the remainder, no. The Majorcan was born with the body of an athlete. He learned and still learning the strokes of a master. And yesterday, today and always maintained a vital relativism dissatisfaction and a permanent, transformed into a desire for improvement, which is the indelible mark of a past life in the company of his coach.

"I have not been strict with him only because I believe that is what gives the possibility of success," argues his uncle, who has three children. "Maradona, Romario, Ronaldinho, different players ... not had a strict behavior. I am not so foolish as to believe that this attitude by Rafa is up, but I like the approach as vital. This is a game. Cree someone for playing Tennis would be so stupid as to think someone play well to hide. "

Nadal, the tennis player, rejected occupy a luxury hotel in one of his first trips to Australia. We found a letter with all the faults committed just his first big win. And learned what they should eat an athlete when he lost a match entripado of croissants with Nocilla. Behind each of these movements, forming the person and the athlete, always Toni, their accomplices gestures, their affection and their indisimulado audible silences. In his absence, the sins. Never broke a racket tennis champion. And yet, he noted his uncle, and several leading commanders of console smashed.

"I liked that Raphael was austere," explains the technician. "We spent many hours together and I was a type hard with him. There was left little choice but to adapt to my way of seeing the vida.Ya since the days of Greek philosophers questioned where was the happiness and if it is reached by work or pleasure. estoicos or hedonistic, "said Toni, always friendly. "I believe that happiness is reached before the work and discipline. This is what I wish for my children. It's better for the society that had no appetite for everything. Abuses of the material. It is what I try Harnessed. That does not have a dictatorial attitude, but in this society seem to be frowned upon discipline. And discipline, such as respect, it is necessary ".

Veronique
08-02-2008, 11:27 AM
Much better translation. Thx for sharing.

JolánGagó
08-02-2008, 12:35 PM
OK, I'll give it a quick try because my eyes bleed. I'm not a translator by any means nor a native English speaker, so there will be grammar mistakes of my own. Im not re-writing the whole thing but merely rectifying the outrageous mistakes that distort or fail to convey the original meaning, so there will remain some lesser errors and less-than-optimally translated lines. Hopefully you'll be able to understand much better what was written in the original.

Toni Nadal was a child in a boarding school in Palma, where the director, a friend of his parents, said: "In this life we must learn how to conjugate the verb endure. I endure this, you endure that and he ..." . Toni had a lot to endure, tennis during the day and lessons of History and Law at night, and on this path of unfinished studies he ended up being the gaze of steel that guides Rafael Nadal, his nephew, tetrachampion of Roland Garros and Wimbledon king this year.

Each tournament is an opportunity to visit museums. But his nephew skips them.

"And that's what people don't do today," said the coach. "Enduring. It's all complains. People don't sacrifice much (not in the religious way of sacrifice) . That's what I've tried to convey to Rafael. I say: 'Even if things go very well for you, if you have lots of money and success, you'll have to endure, because there will be always things you can't control. Someone in your family will die, your girlfriend will dump you and you have to endure. That needs some training, as in tennis you must train your forehand. It is something essential in order to be happier and a better person'.

Behind Rafa Nadal -who last night defeated the Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti in the Cincinnati quarter final -and all his silent rituals to control the match timing and choose the best paths to victory is Toni Nadal and his Spartan vision of life. Behind the tennis coach, however, there is also a man interested in the history of Rome and World War II, there are critical thoughts on the figures of Speer and von Ribbentrop in Nazi Germany and there is a taste for art. Each turnament, each trip guiding the race of number two, is a possibility for 'Uncle Toni', as Anglo-Saxons call him. The coach visits the MOMA in New York, enjoys the Louvre in Paris and always returns to his dear impresionist painters at the Musée d' Orsay. There, lost among Cezanne paintings, perhaps before stopping in front of his admired Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, Nadal, the uncle, is also perfectioning and living by his mantra, that of constant requirement, the one he has taught his nephew since the days when he was a kid convinced that his uncle could make rain or become invisible. Nadal, the left-handed boy that had to choose between fishing, football and tennis, skipped the museums but stuck to all the rest. The Majorcan was born with the body of an athlete. He learnt and is still learning the strokes of a master and has always maintained a vital relativism and a permanent dissatisfaction transformed into a desire for improvement, which is the indelible mark of a life in the company of his coach.

"I haven't been strict with him only because I believe that would enhance his chances of success," argues his uncle, who has three children of his own. "Maradona, Romario, Ronaldinho, different succesful tennis players haven't had an upright behavior. I am not so foolish as to believe that it is because of this attitude that Rafa is on the top but I like it as a vital approach. Tennis is a game. Believing you are somebody because you play good tennis would be so foolish as believing you're somebody because you play hide-and-seek.

Nadal, the tennis player, refused to stay at a luxury hotel in one of his first trips to Australia. The day after his first GS final, which he won, he found a letter with all the mistakes he had made during the match. He learned what should an athlete eat one day after his stomach, upset due to a feast on croissans with Nutella, made him lose a match. Behind each of these movements, forming the person and the athlete, has always been Toni with his gestures of complicity, his undisguised affection and his loud silences. In his absence, the sins. Rafa never broke a tennis racket and yet, as his uncle notices, there are already a few playing consoles smashed.

"I liked Raphael to be austere," explains the coach. "We spent many hours together and I was hard with him. He had little choice but to adapt to my way of seeing life. On since the days of Greek philosophers it has been questioned what is the meaning of happiness and whether it is attained by mean of work or pleasure. Stoics or hedonist" -says Toni in a friendly tone.

"I believe happiness is attained by means of work and discipline. This is what I wish for my children. It'd be better for society if they didn't have a desire for everything. We are too materialistic. That is what I try to convey to them. That does not imply a dictatorial approach but discipline seems to be frowned upon in this society. Discipline, as well as respect, is necessary ".

Minn
08-02-2008, 12:51 PM
Thank you for this latest translation, JolanGago. It's definitely the best! An interesting read.

BackhandMissile
08-02-2008, 12:52 PM
Excellent article. It would explain why Rafael Nadal seems to have the mental edge over a lot of his opponents. He's backed by a man who's more than just a drills coach or a tactician. He has trained him with a philosophy on approaching the game, and approaching life in general, and this can make an important difference in the long run.

avocadoe
08-02-2008, 01:30 PM
Thanks for the article, and the better translation, wouldn't mind even a better one to totally understand :) I do get the origins of two of Rafa's many best traits, mental strenth and joy!

Action Jackson
08-02-2008, 01:44 PM
The sage Uncle Toni and as funny as the Babelfish translation was, it was better to read the cleaned up version by Jolan.

Tom_Bombadil
08-02-2008, 01:48 PM
One little correction, he smashes console pads, not consoles. It makes a big difference, at least for me. ;)

Yashirobai
08-02-2008, 10:15 PM
http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/roland-garros/2008/interview-de-toni-nadal_vid75708/video.shtml

Please watch this interview, it's hilarious!!!

That was right after the French Open final this year, Uncle Toni saying "Federer has better serve than you, better forehand than you, better backhand than you, better volley than you, Rafa..."

DhammaTiger
08-02-2008, 10:53 PM
http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/roland-garros/2008/interview-de-toni-nadal_vid75708/video.shtml

Please watch this interview, it's hilarious!!!

That was right after the French Open final this year, Uncle Toni saying "Federer has better serve than you, better forehand than you, better backhand than you, better volley than you, Rafa..."

Thank you for posting the interview. Uncle Toni is the great motivator and the brains behind Rafa's success. I really think he is awesome.