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Old 06-21-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Default Any German-speaking MTF-ers? Interview with Toni.

So Toni, despite being pretty poor at English, is fairly good at French and German. Answered questions of some German coaches recently -- I don't know German so can't tell if there's anything interesting. If anyone speaks German and can translate any highlights that'd be great.

Interviews here: http://www.tennisnet.com/deutschland...n-Star/4983323







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Alexander Waske, former pro and German Davis Cup doubles player, doing the interviewing. Der Toni kann etwas Deutsch sprechen.
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Aren't there any German fans on Vamos Brigade?

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Aren't there any German fans on Vamos Brigade?

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You can't be on Vamos Brigade if you actually have a brain and like tennis rather than just drooling over Nadal. Nadal's my favourite but I love tennis as a sport regardless - followed it before him and will follow it after him. Even now I still like lots of other players - Nishikori, Murray, Lacko, Monfils.... So, there may be German fans on VB, but I wouldn't know.
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Part 1:

Alexander Waske:

We got a few questions from people from tennisnet and I would like them to ask you.
The first person asks why do you speak so good German?

Toni Nadal:

I studied History in University and I did a course there. In Germany you say that Mallorca is the number I donít know from Germany

Alexander Waske:

Federal state

Toni:

There are many German people and I did a lot of tennis practice with Germans. I also had a German GF from Cuxhaven for a few years. I always talked in French with her though. French or nothing.

Alexander:

You are coaching your nephew Rafael since he is 4 years old. Do you have the best job in the world?

Toni:

No, but I have a good job. I donít think that there are that many players who have that much respect towards their coach like my nephew. Not just towards me but also towards his fitness coach and all the people. That makes the work much easier for me but above all for him. I think one of the problems which we coaches have is that we get the money from the players and when someone pays you he is the boss. I think that this is a problem. I have seen it sometimes that the coaches are the employee of the players and demand water or tennisraquets. I think itís better for the coach not to do it because it is difficult to get the respect from your player when you do what you donít have to do. Iím lucky that it never happened with Rafael. I have a really good workplace.
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Part 1:

Alexander Waske:

We got a few questions from people from tennisnet and I would like them to ask you.
The first person asks why do you speak so good German?

Toni Nadal:

I studied History in University and I did a course there. In Germany you say that Mallorca is the number I donít know from Germany

Alexander Waske:

Federal state

Toni:

There are many German people and I did a lot of tennis practice with Germans. I also had a German GF from Cuxhaven for a few years. I always talked in French with her though. French or nothing.

Alexander:

You are coaching your nephew Rafael since he is 4 years old. Do you have the best job in the world?

Toni:

No, but I have a good job. I donít think that there are that many players who have that much respect towards their coach like my nephew. Not just towards me but also towards his fitness coach and all the people. That makes the work much easier for me but above all for him. I think one of the problems which we coaches have is that we get the money from the players and when someone pays you he is the boss. I think that this is a problem. I have seen it sometimes that the coaches are the employee of the players and demand water or tennisraquets. I think itís better for the coach not to do it because it is difficult to get the respect from your player when you do what you donít have to do. Iím lucky that it never happened with Rafael. I have a really good workplace.
Tio Toni!

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Thanks Eden. I'm kinda disappointed. He didn't really say anything juicy .
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Part 2:

Question in Spanish:

What stint do you have in Rafaís success?

Toni:

Now a little. First part was that Rafa wouldnít play tennis if I wouldnít be a coach. Rafa prefers football and even today he likes football more than tennis. When he was young he always played football and started to play tennis for me. I think what a player plays good it is because he is good.
You can be a good coach but when the player doesnít have the talent itís difficult to make him a champion. Thatís why my stint is little.

Alexander:

How important are such meetings like here in Offenbach for future professional coachs?

Toni:

I was a coach in a little village in Mallorca and when Rafa was young I didnít had that good informations. When we are at a tennisclub we think that we do everything right but when you are on the tour later on you know people like Alex or many good players. You learn more and you know about the problems you have. When I was young and also Rafa I didnít know about the problems we could get later. Now I know. Therefore I like to have this gathering so that we can do better work.
When Rafael was young we often switched courts. In the morning on clay, in the afternoon on HC. Later on I knew that this wasnít good for the knee and now we have the problems.
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Finally some sense in the multitude of shit from the first two posters.
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What stint do you have in Rafa’s success?

Toni:

Now a little. First part was that Rafa wouldn’t play tennis if I wouldn’t be a coach. Rafa prefers football and even today he likes football more than tennis. When he was young he always played football and started to play tennis for me.
In other words, "My nephew liked football better but I forced him to play tennis several hours a day anyway".

Who knows what else he forced him to do in order to be a "better player"...

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Alexander:

You have given lectures for the second time already here in Germany to future professional coaches.
What makes a good coach in your opinion?

Toni:

First of all that he has intuition and motivation. For me a good coach doesnít have to coach everyone. I was in a tennisacademy were all the people made the same excercises. I think thatís a huge mistake because a good coach has to see what characteristic a player has. Physical characteristic, technique and mental. Then you have to make one player out of it.
When Rafael was young I was thinking about how he could be when he is grown-up. I thought he could be like Connors with passion or Thomas Muster. I thought a game like this wouldnít be bad for Rafael. I think itís important for a coach to think.

(Towards Alex)

In case I was your coach Ė I think you need a better coach, Rafael has me because Iím his uncle.
I canít work the same with you as with Rafael. With Rafael I can be strict but with you different. You have a good serve and Rafael not so that means we have to work more in the backside of the court. The most important thing for me was always to talk. Iím convinced that all players could be better. What is your number?

Alex:

My best ranking? 89.

Toni:

Do you think you could have been better?

Alex:

Yes.

Toni:

Iím sure of it.
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