Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal suffered a devastating defeat at the ATP Finals in London, where he was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Alexander Zverev in his opening match of the tournament on Monday.
As disastrous as his loss was, however, it was nothing compared to the press conference that followed.
While Nadal sat behind a table and fielded questions from reporters, a Spanish journalist asked about the athlete’s recent wedding (Nadal married longtime girlfriend Xisca Perello in Mallorca last month).
In long and rambling question, uttered in broken English, the reporter said, “For many people to get married is a very important and distracting thing. Before the marriage, during the marriage, after the marriage.”
The reporter continued to meander, contending that “concentration on your tiniest life has been bit different” after getting married, while Nadal listened and seethed.
After the question trailed off, Nadal issued a scathing response. “Honestly, are you asking me this?” he said, asking the reporter whether his query was a “serious question or a joke?”
When the reporter responded that he was indeed serious, Nadal furiously rubbed his forehead while replying, “It’s serious? Yeah?”
Nadal admitted he was surprised to be asked that question, given that he and Perello had been together for 15 years and had a “very stable and normal life. It doesn’t matter if you put a ring on your finger or not,” he added before having a brief exchange with the reporter in Spanish.
“Okay,” he added, “we move to Spanish because that’s bulls**t.”