Rafael Nadal explains comical racket situation with Australian Open


Rafael Nadal laughed off a funny situation with an Australian Open ball kid following his opening win at Melbourne Park. Midway through the first set of his match against Jack Draper, Nadal could have been heard telling the chair umpire that a ball kid took away the wrong racket to the stringer.

That moment quickly went viral as Nadal explained the situation after the match.

“Not distracting, just a funny situation! Normally, I have the numbers of the racquet under control, so I said ‘I need the stringer’ – but I needed the stringer to look at the other racquets. So he [the ball kid] picked up my racquet I was ready to play [with].

But okay, he took it and no problem at all!” Nadal told Eurosport’s Barbara Schett.

Nadal glad about his Australian Open start

On Monday, Nadal made a winning start to his Australian Open title defence as he beat Draper 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1.

For the first time in his career, Nadal started a tennis season with back-to-back losses. But in his opener at Melbourne Park, Nadal delivered and clinched his first win of the year. After beating Draper, Nadal admitted that it was definitely an important win.

“Well, if you put into perspective how we arrived here with a lot of injuries in the last six months, then coming back it hasn’t been easy with losses on the road, I don’t think it was a bad match at all. When you put everything into perspective, I had a very tricky opponent in the first round.

I knew before the match that the doubts were going to be there, that there will be ups and downs in the match. So the other thing that I said to myself was ‘okay, I know that’s going to happen because I need victories to avoid that,'” Nadal reflected. Nadal plays Mackenzie McDonald in the second round.

Source : tennisworldusa

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