According to a recent New York Times article, “someone asked [Rafael Nadal] about the trend of elite players hiring retired elite players. [Nadal] smiled, and he joked, ‘I am thinking with McEnroe for me now.’” Despite Nadal’s pedestrian career thus far – only 13 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal – McEnroe would still take a chance on him. “The kid’s a good player”, says Mac, “ and he does have an asteroid named after him, and that’s pretty cool. So, I am fulfilling his request of becoming my student by offering him a full scholarship to join the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in my hometown of New York City.”
Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle and current coach, has led Rafa into the conversation of being one of the greatest players of all-time. So when asked the obvious question, why Nadal would switch to JMTA after having so much success with his coaching team, McEnroe said, “Success? 8 French Open titles sounds pretty good, but he has won the other grand slams only once or twice. I need to help him beef up his hard and grass court games.”
“I am willing to help,” said Mac, “and my scholarship offer is proof of that.”
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