Rafael Nadal split with his long-time coach Francisco Roig at the end of the 2022 season, ending one of tennis’s most enduring and successful partnerships.
Roig joined Rafa’s team in 2005 and has been part of each of Rafa’s 22 Grand Slams during an illustrious career.
Rafa posted on social media:
“I want to inform you that Francisco Roig leaves the team and starts a new personal project as coach.
“After 18 seasons with me, he started by joining the team and worked with us alongside my uncle Toni and subsequently alongside Carlos Moya and recently Marc Lopez.
“Francisco has been an important person in my career and I am so grateful to him for all these years of work and friendship.
“When we started working together, I was a kid and along with my uncle Toni, we started at the track. Francisco is a great technician who knows tennis very well and has helped me a lot to get better and better. I have only words of thanks and wish him all the luck in the world in his new project!”
Rafa has a strong backroom team behind him and still has Carlos Moya part of his team, after linking up with Nadal five years ago.
Marc Lopez also joined his coaching staff a year ago and the Spaniard is still in a strong position heading into the 2023 season.