Rafael Nadal is regarded as one of the world’s finest tennis players. Nadal, who is now rated World No. 2, has won a whopping 19 Grand Slam titles. He has a number of winning records, but he has been embroiled in a few scandals, as have many other players. Let me guide you through five of his most controversial moments in his career.
Nadal sparked an outfit scandal in 2019 at the French Open when he mounted the court wearing a neon yellow prime. The match was against Yannick Hanfmann, a German qualifier, and Nadal’s jersey was criticised because it resembled the colour of a tennis ball. The viewers expressed their displeasure on their own social media accounts, and some even called for a colour ban since they thought the colour was off-putting to Hanfmann. That encounter, though, the 11-time winner hammered his colleague 6-2 6-1 6-3.
The Spaiard requested that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes not be assigned to his matches for the time being due to a disagreement between the two at a tournament in February 2015.
Bernardes was “not appropriately gracious,” according to Nadal, during a match in Rio de Janeiro when Nadal put his shorts on wrong and asked to change. Bernardes informed him that he would be given a time limit. “That is not fair towards me,” Nadal stated.
According to reports, his lawsuit was successful, and Bernardes will no longer preside over Nadal’s matches.
The French ministry claimed in 2012 that Nadal’s seven-month injury hiatus was caused by a failed drug test. Nadal, on the other hand, prevailed in his dispute against former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot. Bachelot was also fined 500 euros and forced to pay 12,000 euros in damages and legal expenses to the 16-time Grand Slam winner.
Nadal and Kyrgios have a rivalry. Is one of the most enthralling rivalries in tennis history. In 2015, Nadal reportedly declined to play a doubles match with Nick Kyrgios at a John McEnroe charity event. Instead, he competed in a singles match against Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt.Previously, Kyrgios was widely chastised for making a nasty comment about Stanislas Wawrinka during their recent Rogers Cup encounter in Montreal. Nadal, on the other hand, emphasised that he had never refused to play with Kyrgios.
In 2018, Nadal was chastised for his statements on the subject of equal pay. He stated, “We shouldn’t even make the tsa comparison. Nobody says anything when female models make more than male models. Why? Because they have a greater fan base. In tennis, too, whomever attracts the most spectators gets more.” “In the interview, he stated. This comment received a lot of backlash on social media.