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US Open: Rafa Nadal, blunt after John McEnroe’s accusations: “It’s a joke, right?

Rafael Nadal He did not have a comfortable debut this Tuesday at the US Open. The Balearic tennis player suffered more than expected to defeat Australian Rinky Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the first roundwho surprised by his level despite being a rookie and 198 in the world.

An important victory that will allow him to continue fine-tuning his preparation for the assault on a title that, in addition to extending his record of Grand Slams won to 23, would allow him to recover number 1 in the world.

The press conference after the match was not entirely calm either. Nadal had to respond to the criticism made in the last few hours by John McEnroe.


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The legendary tennis player accused the Spaniard of receiving favorable treatment from the referees when applying the 25-second rule between pointssomething with which the champion of 22 Grand Slams does not agree at all.

It’s a joke right? I have received many warnings in my career for this. I have the problem that I sweat a lot and in humid conditions like today, that’s even worse. Now the ballboys can’t give you the towel, so I have to go somewhere far away to get it. That makes him go away for a long time and I don’t go as many times as I need” Nadal explained.

I do not receive favor treatment from anyone, I follow the rules and if I go over 25 seconds they give me a warning“, added the Balearic without losing the forms and the smile despite the discomfort of the moment.

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