Nadal will continue on tour
Rafael Nadal is determined to continue playing despite ongoing injury troubles, according to his old coach.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner has only played in three tournaments so far this year - the Australian Open, the Mexican Open and the Indian Wells Masters - because of yet another injury-plagued spell.
He was forced to withdraw from his semi-final at Indian Wells due to injury and has admitted that the problems are taking a toll, but former coach and uncle Toni says the 31-year-old is hopeful of carrying on.
"I see it well. The most important thing is that they (Nadal and current coach Carlos Moya) appreciate and respect each other, something very necessary," he told El Pais.
"And Rafael wants to continue playing despite his physical problems.
"That is what will continue to be decisive. Until when, who knows? Maybe two or three more years. What I'm saying is that Rafael is not a tennis player, he's an injured person who plays tennis, and that's very difficult."
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