- A shot lad unwittingly caused chaos erstwhile helium seemingly took 1 of Rafael Nadal's rackets.
- It each went down successful the archetypal circular of the 2023 Australian Open successful Melbourne.
- As the reigning champion and No.1 seed, Nadal is favored to triumph the rubric for a 3rd time.
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A "ball lad took" tennis prima Rafael Nadal's racket successful the mediate of a match, causing chaos Sunday astatine the Australian Open.
"I request the racket back," Nadal could beryllium heard telling the umpire during his first-round contention against Jack Draper astatine the famed Rod Laver Arena successful Melbourne.
Nadal had different rackets helium could use, but the 1 helium cherished astir had a utile instrumentality connected it called a dampener.
A vibration dampener is simply a tiny instrumentality designed to trim the daze erstwhile a tennis shot connects with the strings connected a racket.
"I request the dampener and everything," Nadal said.
The incidental took spot successful the precise archetypal acceptable erstwhile Nadal told Draper: "The shot lad took my racket."
Despite the interruption, Nadal went connected to triumph the match
Eurosport commentator Guy McCrea told tennis fans watching astatine location that "there is going to beryllium a delay," according to a CNN report.
Nadal went connected to triumph the archetypal acceptable by a 7-5 people earlier surrendering the 2nd to Draper 6-2. Nadal bounced backmost successful the 3rd to triumph the acceptable 6-4 earlier winning the lucifer successful the 4th acceptable 6-1.
The tournament's No. 1 effect appeared to spot the comic broadside of the concern aft the win.
"Normally, I person the fig of the rackets nether power truthful I said I request the stringer, but I request the stringer for the different racket," Nadal explained, CNN said.
"So [the shot boy] picked the racket I was acceptable to play with. But nary occupation astatine all."
Reigning champion Nadal plays an American successful the adjacent round
Nadal proceeds to Tuesday's second-round lucifer wherever helium faces American subordinate Mackenzie McDonald.
One of the top players of each time, Nadal has won 22 tennis majors. The bulk of his occurrence has travel astatine the French Open arsenic the clay tribunal maestro has won that tourney 14 times.
Nadal won the Australian Open successful 2009 and 2022.
As the reigning champion, the Spaniard is favored to support his rubric astatine this year's competition.