'He's boring': Spectator speaks out after ugly Rafa Nadal incident

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
The woman, pictured here yelling abuse at Rafael Nadal during his match against Michael Mmoh.
The woman yelled abuse at Rafael Nadal during his match against Michael Mmoh at the Australian Open. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The woman kicked out of Rod Laver Arena for abusing Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open on Thursday night says she doesn't regret her actions.

The spectator caused absolute chaos during Nadal's win over Michael Mmoh when she yelled out abuse and was seen flipping the middle finger at the World No.2.

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The woman reportedly yelled "hurry up you OCD f***", shocking fellow fans and Nadal alike.

She was eventually escorted from Rod Laver Arena by security guards and kicked out of Melbourne Park.

But speaking on Melbourne radio on Friday morning, the woman didn't seem overly contrite and even took aim at Nadal again.

"I’m certainly not a fan of Nadal, I think he’s boring and he goes through all those OCD rituals all the time,” she told Neil Mitchell on 3AW radio.

"The very fact pictures of me have gone viral around the world reflects on how incredibly boring his matches are, because why would you want to focus on a spectator?"

However she did admit to being slightly embarrassed.

"It’s a bit embarrassing. When I woke up this morning I had messages and phone calls from all sorts of different people," she said.

“It’s probably not a great look for me but you know, what can I do? What’s done is done.

“I just called out, ‘Get over your OCD rituals’ as he was serving, and then he looked at me, and that’s when I flicked him the bird.

“My daughter wasn’t too happy because I’m so embarrassing. I was going for the other guy actually because so many people seem to go for Nadal.”

Rafael Nadal, pictured here reacting to the woman's abuse at the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal reacts to the woman's abuse at the Australian Open. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Australian Open fan denies she was drunk

Nadal looked completely stunned when informed by reports in his post-match press conference that the woman's tirade was actually directed at him, the World No.2 suggesting she may have been slightly intoxicated.

"Maybe she had too much gin or tequila. I don't know," Nadal told reporters.

"Honestly it was strange situation, but funny at the same time.

"I was surprised, yes, but at the same time was thinking, 'Poor girl', because probably she was drunk or something like this."

The woman, pictured here being kicked out of Rod Laver Arena for abusing Rafael Nadal.
The woman was kicked out of Rod Laver Arena for abusing Rafael Nadal. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

However that wasn't the case according to the spectator, who claimed she only had one glass of champagne all day.

“Alcohol does make one become less inhibited but I’m pretty much like that anyway,” she said. “I’m a bit out there.”

She even had a crack at the security guard who removed her.

“They were very rude," she said.

"They said, ‘Right, you have to go’ and I said, ‘Why? I’m a spectator, I’ve paid for my tickets, why aren’t I allowed to be a bit vocal?’”

Discussing the incident in his on-court interview, Nadal was asked if he knew the woman.

"No, and honestly, I don't want to know," he said with a laugh.

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