Monday, September 5, 2011

Nadal's Agonizing Collapse At U.S. Open Press Conference

Rafael Nadal squirmed awkwardly in his seat while being questioned after his victory at The U.S. Open on Sunday.  Nadal then shielded his eyes , slid out of his chair and disappeared under the desk in a the strange incident.  No, the tennis player wasn't avoiding a question or even joking around.

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Severe cramps in his right leg forced the defending champion to grimace and fall to his knees in helpless agony in front of reporters and officials.

"It was in front and behind and I cannot move my leg in the press conference," Nada said explaining the bizarre scene.  "I can walk.  It's happened a lot of times, it's nothing new, just not during the press conference before."

Nadal had  a trainer work on a blister on his right foot during 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-5 third-round victory over David Nalbanian.  He limped from the press conference re-hydrating with Gatorade.

"They just told me to drink, it's important," said Nadal.  "I've had it many times.  It happens in the locker room, no one knew."

Nadal blamed the cramps on the extremely-humid New York weather and said the cramps will not hinder the defense of his title.

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