18 Dec 2016

Moya joins Team Nadal

8:31 am on 18 December 2016

Fourteen-times grand slam champion Rafa Nadal has hired fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya to join his coaching team.

Spanish tennis player Carlos Moya.

Spanish tennis player Carlos Moya. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 30-year-old Spaniard said in a statement that Moya would work alongside his uncle Toni Nadal and Francis Roig.

Former world number one Nadal struggled with injury this year and has slipped to ninth in the ATP rankings.

40 year old Moya, who parted with Milos Raonic last month, said he and world number nine Nadal's team had a "common project".

"To have someone like Carlos who is not only a friend but also a very important person in my career is something special," said Nadal, 30.

Moya will also work at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

He said: "Rafa is a special player and, above all, a great person and friend."

-Reuters and BBC