Nadal Announces Addition to Coaching Team
By Richard Pagliaro | Monday, December 19, 2022
Rafael Nadal has added Argentinean expertise to his coaching team.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion announced Gustavo Marcaccio, who has coached at the Rafa Nadal Academy, has joined his coaching staff.
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The 45-year-old Marcaccio, a Buenos Aires native, reached a career-high ranking of No. 284 in 2004.
“Hello everyone. I want to inform you of the joining of Gustavo Marcaccio (🇦🇷) to the technical team,” Nadal announced in an Instagram post. “Gustavo has been working at the @rafanadalacademy since April 2021 and I understand he is a good addition to the team.
“It sure will help us a lot to stay on the way. Welcome Gustavo!”
Former world No. 1 Carlos Moya remains Nadal’s primary coach. Marc Lopez, who partnered Nadal to the Olympic doubles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, also remains a part of the second-ranked Spaniard’s coaching team. Nadal posted this image of his complete coaching team (left to right): Marc Lopez, Gustavo Marcaccio and Carlos Moya.
The coaching addition comes a couple of days after long-time coach Francisco Roig officially departed Nadal’s staff.
The king of clay did not face Marcaccio when their time on the ATP Tour overlapped. However former world No. 1 Moya met Marcaccio once on Tour scoring a 6-1, 7-5 win in the 2006 Estoril Open round of 16.
Nadal will launch defense of his Australian Open championship in Melbourne next month.
The Australian Open starts on January 16, 2023.
Photo credit: Rafa Nadal Instagram