Rafael Nadal shows no signs of slowing down as he bolsters coaching staff ahead of 2023

Rafael Nadal has announced the addition of a new member to his coaching team following the departure of Francisco Roig.

Nadal has named Gustavo Marcaccio as the addition to his technical team for the upcoming season.

Marcaccio is one of the coaches at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

He is added to a technical team that includes Nadal's other two coaches Carlos Moya and Marc Lopez.

Nadal made a brief statement about the announcement on his social media channels:

"Hello everyone. I want to inform you of the joining of Gustavo Marcaccio to the technical team.

"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 road. Welcome Gustavo!"

The move is a restructuring of his team as Roig fulfilled the role of a traditional tennis coach as the first member of what became a larger technical team.

Now Nadal is set to be advised by Marcaccio but will operate without a primary coach.

With less than a month till he starts defending his Australian Open championship, Nadal will be eager to start the season strong after a challenging 2022.

The Spaniard tore his ab muscle at Wimbledon and had to withdraw before his semi-final after taking home the first two Grand Slam championships of the year. After revealing that he had torn his ab again before the US Open, he participated in four more tournaments that rough this year: the Cincinnati Masters, US Open, Paris Masters, and ATP Finals, where he went 4-5 in wins and losses.

Rafael Nadal is marking a significant accomplishment this week by becoming the first player to enjoy 900 straight weeks in the top ten of the ATP Rankings. The Spaniard entered the top 10 in April 2005 and has remained there ever since to establish records that will be difficult to top.

At the start of 2003, the 16-year-old Nadal was just outside the top-200 rankings. He played excellent tennis that year and continued his remarkable rise up the ATP rankings. Rafa entered the top-100 in April when still 16 after 19 Challenger victories (a title in Barletta, three further finals, and the third-round performance in Monte Carlo).

In the months that followed, he maintained a steady pace, and in August, he achieved a top-50 ranking. Nadal won his first ATP championship in Sopot in August and contributed to Spain's Davis Cup victory despite a serious injury that put an end to his ascent in the spring of 2004.

Nadal's first truly outstanding season on the Tour came in 2005, when he advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open before winning on his preferred clay at Costa do Sauipe and Acapulco.

He heads into 2023 trying to add to his incredible tally of 22 Grand Slams and list of achievements a mile long.

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