Strange moment at Australian Open: Rafael Nadal can’t find his favorite racket – ‘I want my racket back’
Defending Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal made a wild gesture and begged the umpire to return his favorite racket during his opening match against Jack Draper. For some reason, a ball kid took the wrong racket to the stringer, leaving the Spaniard without the racket he wanted to use during the match. This led to some fun scenes at Rod Laver Arena.
“The ballboy took my racquet” 😂
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There was a humorous and almost comical moment during Rafael Nadal’s opening match against Britain’s Jack Draper at the Australian Open on Monday.
The top seed and defending champion was left without the racquet he wanted to use against Britain as a ball kid took to the stringer to fix the wrong one. It all amounts to some entertaining exchanges as he tries to get it back on Rod Laver Arena.
After realizing he had been left without the right racquet in his favor in the opening set at 4-3, Nadal was delighted but also visibly flustered.