Watch: Rafael Nadal Collapses During Press Conference (Video)

September 5, 2011

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal just advanced to the fourth round, but a painful lower-body cramp during a press conference sent him to the ground, well more like under the table where he was speaking to the press. Check that video out and find out what happened.

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Currently ranked No. 2, this 25 year-old Mallorca native was last year’s U.S Open winner and today he defeated David Nalbandian (7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-5), even though the temperature was insane in the 80’s and a bloody blister on his foot keep bothering him during the final sets.

“It was a tough day. He’s a great player, a fantastic player, I’m happy to see him back on the court.” Rafael said.

He advanced to the fourth round of the 2011 U.S Open, but nobody was expecting the scary scenario they witnessed when he gave a press conference after his match with Nalbandian that lasted more than two hours.

During the press conference he gave in Spanish, a terrible cramp on his leg stopped him from continuing to talk, he looked clearly in a lot on pain, began sliding in his chair, covered his face but managed to ask for water and a trainer to help him out before collapsing under the desk. He was given medical attention, consisting of ice packs on his leg plus massages and lot of fluids. A few minutes later he was on his feet, this is what he said to the group of concerned reporters.

“I just have cramping in my leg. That’s all. There are no questions. I already finished my press conference in English. I talked half an hour. I just have cramping in front and behind. That’s why it was so painful. That’s all. It’s just bad luck that it happened in public. It was really hot, I ran a lot and you sweat a lot in these conditions.”

And you can see that scary moment below. Share your comments in the box below.

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Photos: Aaron Gilbert, HRC

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