Rafael Nadal Jokes He Doesn't Want to Know Woman Who Gave Him Middle FingerFebruary 11, 2021
Rafael Nadal, one of the nicest guys in tennis, was on the receiving end of a middle finger from a woman in the crowd during his second-round win over Michael Mmoh at the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday.
Nadal was asked during his post-match interview whether he knew the person who flipped him the bird.
"No, and honestly I don't want to know," the 20-time Grand Slam champion said with a laugh.
"Yeah, yeah, [the finger] was to me I think. I don't know. Maybe she [drunk] too much gin or tequila. I don't know. But honestly was [a] strange situation, but, yeah, funny at the same time. ...
"For me was funny. Honestly, somebody doing the finger to me with, I don't know the reason, but was—yeah. 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."
It's unclear what led the woman the make the gesture toward Nadal.
That was the most noteworthy moment of an otherwise routine day at the office for the 34-year-old Spaniard, who's seeking his second Australian Open title.
He dominated the match from start to finish with massive advantages over Mmoh in winners (40-16) and break points converted (5-0). He also won 84 percent of the points on his first serve and 94 percent of points when he came to net in a clinical performance.
Mmoh, 23, has never advanced beyond the second round of a major.
Nadal advances to face Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday.