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Rafael Nadal made a hasty exit from his press conference after his Australian Open loss, but it had nothing to do with being a sore loser.

Rafael Nadal cramps mid presser post QF lost

Rafael Nadal was forced to make a hasty exit from his press conference last night after suffering severe cramps.

The Spanish champion fronted the media after his epic 3-6 2-6 7-6(7-4) 6-4 7-5 loss to Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, and while he appeared in good spirits, he couldn’t hide the pain of cramp down his right side.

“Someone asked me if I was well prepared and it turned out I was not,” Nadal laughed after making a quick exit from the conference and returning after the cramp had settled down.

“Obviously physically I lacked a bit more preparation.”

Nadal left the press conference quickly in Melbourne because he felt cramps were arriving and he didn’t want to repeat the old US Open memes ! This one 👇 #AusOpen #live

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Nadal said he wanted to avoid being the subject of more internet memes, after his cramps during a press conference at the US Open in 2011 went viral.

“After all the jokes in New York I decided to leave in a hurry,” he said.

“So that there would be no more jokes.”

Nadal also hit back at Novak Djokovic’s claims that quarantine was causing major physical issues for tennis’ biggest stars.

“We can find excuses or reasons, or maybe this quarantine that we need to be more time in the room than usual,” he said.

“But I’m not the guy that’s going to find excuses on that or going to complain about what happened, no.

“Just accept. I never considered myself an unlucky person at all. Doesn’t matter the injuries that I had. I think I am a very lucky person.

“The only thing that I can do is just keep going. I put myself in a position, even with the challenges that I faced, to be in the quarterfinals, two sets up, close to being in the semi-finals. So a chance lost? Yes. But life continues. I hope to keep having chances and I’m going to keep fighting for it.”


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