Rafael Nadal collapses during live TV press conference due to leg cramps after winning US Open 2011 (Video)

By on Sep 6, 2011 in Sports, Tennis, United States Comments

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal collapsed during a live TV press conference on Sunday, September 4, 2011, due to leg cramps after winning at US Open 2011, as shown in the video below.

Rafael Nadal, in pain during televised press
conference after winning at US Open 2011

Image Credit: diegoamuy/YouTube/ESPN

As noted at international news sites that day, Rafael Nadal fell slowly from his chair while answering questions from Spanish journalists in a live TV press conference.

Nadal, 25, finished a game about an hour earlier, winning over David Nalbandian of Argentina, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-5, with the match noted to have lasted for more than 2 ½ hours in the heat of the day.

Apparently, the world’s no. 2 tennis player had a short medical time-out during the third set of their game after complaining of blisters on his right foot, before his apparent collapse.

Nadal, who will face Gilles Muller in the fourth round, suddenly stopped talking during the televised conference, leaned on his chair, closed his eyes, held his right leg and later covered his face.

Seconds later, the Spaniard tennis champion slowly slid down from his chair and was not seen in camera and press people went silent as he remained on the floor for around 10 minutes, reports said.

The press conference was momentarily stopped and journalists were requested to leave the room while medical staff attended to Nadal, whose right leg was massaged and was given something to drink.

Minutes later, the press conference resumed and reporters were allowed again to ask questions, with Nadal noted to have sounded a bit short-tempered, explained what really happened.

“I’m OK. Just cramps in my right leg, front and back. It was so painful. It was just bad luck it happened in public. It could have happened anywhere.” The US Open defending champion was quoted as saying.

Rafael Nadal, collapsing in pain during televised press conference after winning at US Open 2011
Video Credit: diegoamuy/YouTube/ESPN

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