Sport Auger-Aliassime to work with Toni Nadal
Changed The Game: Toni Stone was Henry Aaron's Negro League successor who made her own baseball history
In 1952, the Boston Braves purchased the Negro League contract of Henry Aaron from the Indianapolis Clowns, a transaction that set the stage for baseball history. Aaron would make his MLB debut with the Braves two seasons later, 23 years before he retired with the most revered record in American sports as baseball's home run king. A second baseman named Toni Stone took Aaron's place on the Clowns' roster. Stone, born Marcenia Lyle Stone in West Virginia in 1921, had played baseball for most of her life — as a girl on boys teams and as a woman on various amateur, minor league and barnstorming teams in the 1940s.
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime has added Toni Nadal to his coaching team ahead of the European claycourt swing, the 20-year-old confirmed on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters via Zoom, the world number 22 said Nadal, uncle and long-time coach to 13-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal, would start working with him ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters which starts on April 11.
"I will be working with Toni starting from this tournament," Auger-Aliassime, who is coached by Frederic Fontang, said.
"We also had the chance to work with him and Fred and the rest of my team in Mallorca in December but officially starting our relationship now.
"Our values and work ethic really aligns so for me that's a great thing personally and I'm glad he's part of my project and hopefully we can do great things in the future."
Nadal, 60, announced in 2017 he was standing down as his nephew's coach after more than a decade on the road.
He now runs the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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