A rowdy tennis fan made sure there was more than enough drama during Rafael Nadal’s straightforward 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Michael Mmoh in the second round of the Australian Open. A seemingly inebriated lady flipped the bird at Nadal and was escorted out of the stadium.
She justified her actions, saying she did it because “he’s boring.”
The lady, who admitted to have had the ‘bubbly’ before her outburst, told Australian radio station 3aw, “He’s boring… The fact pictures of me have gone viral show how boring he is.”
A fan just gave Rafa the finger. Look at his reaction: “what, me? “ 😂 pic.twitter.com/fY3npCNTrn
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“I just called out, ‘get over your OCD rituals’ and that’s when I flicked him the bird,” added the lady from Sydney, who admits that her daughter won’t be proud of her actions.
Nadal seemed more amused than offended by the episode and laughed it off.
When asked about the incident during the press conference after the match, Nadal said, “Yes, she showed it to me, no. I don’t know, maybe she took too much gin and tequila.
“Somebody doing the finger to me, I don’t know the reason. I was surprised, yes, but at the same time was thinking, “poor girl”. Because probably she was drunk or something like this. I don’t know”.
The 20-time major champion was asked if he knew the person, he said, “No and honestly, I don’t want to know.”
The Spaniard, who had withdrawn from the ATP Cup due to a lower back injury, has been untroubled in his first two matches at the Australian Open.
Nadal defeated Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the opening round before downing Mmoh in an hour and 27 minutes.
He will take on Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the third round. The 25-year-old recovered from a set down to overcome Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3) in three hours and 31 minutes.