A rowdy spectator was ejected from Rod Laver Arena after trying to disrupt Rafael Nadal’s serve at the Australian Open.
The woman repeatedly shouted out as Nadal went through his service routine, then aimed a middle-finger gesture at the court after being reprimanded by the umpire.
“You’re delaying everything”, said the umpire at one point.
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Nadal was quizzed about the amusing incident during his post-match interview.
Asked if he knew the woman in question, he simply replied: "No, and honestly I don’t want to know!”
He then said in a separate interview: "Maybe she took too much gin or tequila. I don't know. But honestly it was a strange situation, but, yeah, funny at the same time.
"You know, sometimes there is people for everything around the world. Somebody doing the finger to me… I don't know the reason. I was surprised, yes, but at the same time was thinking, ‘Poor girl.’ Because probably she was drunk or something like this.”

A fan yells out abuse at Rafael Nadal of Spain during his Men's Singles second round match against Michael Mmoh of the United States during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park

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Nadal took it all in his stride with a huge grin, at one stage doing keepie-uppies as he waited for the ruckus to settle down.
Eventually, the woman was led away to rapturous applause from her fellow spectators.

A fan yells out abuse at Rafael Nadal of Spain during his Men's Singles second round match against Michael Mmoh of the United States during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park

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It was later reported that she was shouting insults to Nadal after taking offence at the length of his service routine.

A spectator is asked to leave by security as Rafael Nadal of Spain plays his Men's Singles second round match against Michael Mmoh of the United States during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park o

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Asked if he knew the woman in question in his post-match interview, he simply replied: "No, and honestly I don’t want to know!”
He then said in a separate interview: "Maybe she took too much gin or tequila. I don't know. But honestly it was a strange situation, but, yeah, funny at the same time.
"You know, sometimes there is people for everything around the world. Somebody doing the finger to me… I don't know the reason. I was surprised, yes, but at the same time was thinking, ‘Poor girl.’ Because probably she was drunk or something like this.”

'Maybe she had too much gin or tequila' - Nadal on spectator insults

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