Radael Nadal shared his thoughts on the chaotic scenes that saw a spectator escorted out of his second round clash of the Australian Open after attacking the world No.2 in a sensational explosive tirade.
Rod Laver Arena collapsed in Nadal’s straight sets victory over Michael Mmoh when a spectator has been kicked out of the room at the end of the second set after appearing to call Nadal a “w – ker” and gave him the finger.
Nadal was all smiles during the “chaos,” as Australia’s great tennis player John Fitzgerald put it, but in his post-match press conference he lightly mocked the unruly fan.
“I don’t know, maybe she took too much gin or tequila? I don’t know,” Nadal told reporters when asked about the bizarre scenes.
“But honestly, it was a weird situation, but yeah, funny at the same time. You know, sometimes there are people for everything in the world.”
“For me that was funny. Honestly someone fingered me with it, I don’t know the reason, but it was – yeah. I was surprised, yeah, but at the same time I was thinking, Poor girl . Because probably she was drunk or something. I don’t know. “
Reports from the stands suggest the woman also shouted “Hurry up TOC f —” at the Spaniard as he tried to serve the second set.
“A bit of a disturbance out there in the crowd,” Australian tennis star John Fitzgerald said as the madness unfolded on the pitch.
“I couldn’t hear the specific language, there was a bit of ill will between two women.
“Well, there’s a woman who’s getting pretty lively, we could ask her to leave, actually. I think she’s having a crack with Rafa, I don’t know why, she’s the first person I have. saw it doing that.
“She’s a little drunk I think, it’s chaos. It’s so unnecessary, it’s just an individual who made a complete goose of themselves.”
The world No.2 managed to overcome the hiccups and power to win the match in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-2.