It’s always good to have a post-sporting career planned – and perhaps Rafa Nadal is looking at getting into journalism.
The Spaniard turned newsbreaker in his post-fourth round press conference on day eight of the Australian Open, accidentally leaking some crucial news.
Nadal was speaking just before the night session began, which was to see Stefanos Tsitsipas face Matteo Berrettini for the right to face the world number two in the quarter-finals.
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However Berrettini, who suffered an abdominal strain in his third-round win over Karen Khachanov, withdrew from the match handing Tsitsipas a walkover.
The problem was nobody knew that when Nadal – who’d clearly been alerted to the news – stepped up to the podium for his presser.
Things began normally enough, but when Nadal was asked about his form in his straight-sets win over Fabio Fognini, his mouth started working more quickly than his mind.
“I need to make another step forward against Tsitsipas,” he said, before pausing.
“Is it official? He’ll play tonight… OK. Well, I don’t know, maybe.
“I think I heard that Berrettini was a little bit injured but not official at all.”
Nadal then laughed sheepishly before continuing.
“Sorry for that… but yeah, something… well, I messed it up,” he said as the room joined him laughing, realising what he had revealed.
Nadal tried to excuse himself: “Was not my fault.”
Seconds after Nadal’s comments in the presser, the official Australian Open Twitter account broke the news of Tsitsipas’ walkover.
Though they didn’t credit Rafa for the original report. But that’s journalism in 2021, hey?