“He’s Boring”: Drunk Tennis Fan Justifies Altercation With Rafael Nadal at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/11/2021, 9:04 PM EST
Tennis star Rafael Nadal of Spain practices at Melbourne Park in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Day 4 at the Australian Open 2021 concluded with drama coming from off the centre as well. During the last match of the day, Rafael Nadal vs Michael Mmoh, a drunk lady caught everyone’s attention. In particular, she went all-out against the Spaniard, disturbing his rhythm to the point that she had to be escorted out of the Rod Laver Arena.

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The fan has now opened up on why she teased the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Spain. And the revelation is surreal. The unwanted guest did not find Rafael Nadal entertaining. Thus, she took it upon herself to do his job.

Drunk lady calls out on Rafael Nadal during a live match

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The second-round win for the 34-year-old Spaniard came without any trouble. With Rafa being himself, he left Michael Mmoh no chance to settle into the match. He defeated the 23-year-old American in three straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

However, during the match, there had been an undesirable intermission when a lady started causing a ruckus. Clearly intoxicated, she kept hovering at Rafa until he stopped his serve.

Shedding light on her actions, the lady has no remorse. Instead, she believes that her unsavory behavior was justified

She said, “He’s boring… The fact pictures of me have gone viral show how boring he is.” But it went a little too far when she made an obscene gesture at the French Open king. “I just called out, “get over your OCD rituals” and that’s when I flicked him the bird.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021, A fan gestures towards Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his second-round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The Spaniard in disbelief inquired if the gesture was meant for him. At that time, he didn’t know that his bottle rituals were the catalyst behind this trouble. Moreover, humble as ever, Nadal gave a big bright smile to the lady.

Being escorted out of the arena, the lady asked for her rights to be vocal. Later on, she claimed that her daughter was not happy and that the security behaved rudely.

But as the kerfuffle came to an end, Nadal went back to business to book his berth in the 3rd round. Here are the highlights of the match.

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However, his biggest challenge will be to set the Spaniard out of his rhythm. It will be a good encounter with two different personalities of tennis. The best among them will qualify for the 4th-round at the Australian Open 2021.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his second-round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Hopefully, no more obscene intruders will interrupt us in the coming days. Can Nadal win his 21 Grand Slam at the Australian Open?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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