“I Would Go to the Bathroom”: Paula Badosa Admits Being Shy in Front of Idol Rafael Nadal

Published 11/03/2021, 11:16 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 1: Rafael Nadal (ESP) speaks with press on Media Day ahead of the 2021 Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)


Rafael Nadal has been an inspiration for thousands of individuals. They’ve grown up watching the Spaniard dominating the circuit and been mesmerized with his incredible left hand. Interestingly, his incredible longevity at the highest level means that even some of the younger players on the circuit right now idolize Rafa.  

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One such player is compatriot and Indian Wells 2021 winner, Paula Badosa. She has come across Rafael Nadal umpteen times and still gets mesmerized when she crosses paths with him. 

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Recently, Badosa spoke about her interactions with Rafael Nadal in the past and stated, “I have always said he is my idol and for five years I have begun to coincide more with him. I remember in the first tournaments, that I saw Rafa Nadal and I was very intimidated by everything he has achieved.”

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Badosa would hide in bathrooms to evade Rafael Nadal

Badosa was star-struck when she came across Rafa. There were times when she would hide away when she was present in the same place as him. The nerves got the better of her and she would go hide in the bathroom. 

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The 23-year-old further added, “I remember in some tournament of he would come to greet me and I would half hide or when I saw him coming I would go to the bathroom so he wouldn’t see me because he wouldn’t come out or introduce myself because I got very nervous. But now I’m getting used to it.”

Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Paula Badosa (ESP) reacts after winning a point as she defeated Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in the womenÕs final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Coming to tennis, Paula Badosa was last seen at Indian Wells where she registered one of her best performances of the season by winning the title. 

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On the other hand, Nadal ended his season prior to the US Open 2021 due to a foot injury. We hope to see him fitter for the upcoming 2022 season and wish him a speedy recovery.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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