Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle and coach, spoke about his family’s relationship with Uruguay, the characteristics of Pablo Cuevas and the values that tennis transmits to those who play it: “In life there is one essential thing: trying to do things a little good and get better every day. What differentiates the human from the rest of the animals is the ability to learn and advance ”.
Antonio “Toni” Nadal participated in a talk through Instagram with the Uruguay Tennis Foundation, a non-governmental organization interested in promoting and teaching tennis as an educational and training activity for children.
In the conversation, Toni said that “Uruguay is a country with which we feel almost brothers, we have a common language, we Spaniards feel very close to South America. We always had a very good relationship with the players in that area and with Pablo Cuevas we also trained many times together ”.
Regarding the best Uruguayan tennis player, Nadal said that Cuevas was a very difficult opponent when he faced him in brick dust and recalled a match between his nephew and the Uruguayan in Rio de Janeiro.
“He has a lot of merit because after having a very serious injury and for a long time, he managed to return with the same intensity and at a great level. When I was psyched up, brick dust was very difficult ”, acknowledged Toni.
In addition, the tennis player trainer delved into the values that this sport spreads and minimized the importance of being a good tennis player or achieving good results. “In the end, what is the value of sport? It is passing a ball over a net. What is really important in life is the effort that this entails and the obligation to persevere in the same thing ”.
When it comes to speaking to young people, Toni said that “in life there is one essential thing: trying to do things a little bit well and improve every day. What differentiates the human from the rest of the animals is the ability to learn and advance ”.
The advice was timely because the foundation talk that organized the talk with Nadal, aims to promote and stimulate the teaching and transmission of values, principles and good social customs through the development of sports activities with young people.
The Uruguay Tennis Foundation has among its goals “to develop a healthy and valuable personality for life in society through playful activity”.
In videos that the foundation shared through its networks, you can listen to testimonies from its participants in which they affirm that “it is not only a sport, we generate friendships. I signed up for signing up, to see what it was and I found that it is a sport that opens your head a lot, you have to think a lot and you receive the values that teachers and classmates give you. It serves to correct the behavior and get ahead ”.
The Uruguay Tennis Foundation has been in operation for 14 years and has served 3,480 young people from its beginnings to the present.