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Rafael Nadal Cramps Up, Slides Under Table at US Open Presser: VIDEO


Here's some rather dramatic video of yesterday's U.S. Open press conference at which Rafael Nadal, after experiencing a painful leg cramp, slid completely under the table.

The 25-year-old Spaniard would tell the Spanish reporters he has had cramping before, just never in public. He blamed the cramping on the heat Sunday and insisted he will practice today as normal. Before the incident, Nadal had seemed relaxed in discussing his match, which he had said was his best showing so far in the tournament.

Nadal had just defeated Argentine David Nalbandian in the third round.


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  1. Is it just me or Nadal and super hot Manuel Ferrara were separated at birth?

    Posted by: Daniel | Sep 5, 2011 5:07:16 PM

  2. Oh dear, must be painful. Not easy to pro player.
    (Dirty me, I'd like to do some things to ease him.)

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 5, 2011 5:07:39 PM

  3. Leg cramp? Or surprise blowjob?

    Posted by: SorryRoger | Sep 5, 2011 5:11:16 PM

  4. Oh, dear! The boy knows how to make a dramatic exit.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Sep 5, 2011 5:25:58 PM

  5. **Ouch** I get those occasionally when I get up in the morning. Feels like your leg's being ripped apart.

    Tho' it did look like the world's best blowjob....lol

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Sep 5, 2011 5:27:32 PM

  6. That must be some kind of pain!!!

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 5, 2011 5:38:53 PM

  7. they're all snapping pix instead of helping him out...wtf???

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 5, 2011 5:40:44 PM

  8. It turns out there is a Manuel Ferrara who seems to be a straight porn star...and yeah he kind of looks like Nadal

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 5, 2011 5:41:12 PM

  9. I wonder and hope his explanation later was the entire truth ?? Guess we will have to wait and see on the court.

    Posted by: PSGuy92262 in PS | Sep 5, 2011 5:51:55 PM

  10. Armanis too tight? (more a potassium problem in his diet?)

    Posted by: SeanR | Sep 5, 2011 6:13:16 PM

  11. I love him. He's adorable, such a lovely man. I desperately want him to win the Open again.

    Posted by: Seven | Sep 5, 2011 7:34:36 PM

  12. Come on, he's acting like someone just gave him a Hydrangeas.

    Posted by: Rob West | Sep 5, 2011 10:08:06 PM

  13. maybe he should try Midol; isn't that for cramps?

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Sep 5, 2011 10:36:49 PM

  14. @Rob West:

    LOL!!!!!!!! Thank you. So much.

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 5, 2011 10:43:45 PM

  15. Leg cramps can be horribly excruciating, especially in the back of the upper leg.

    I've awoken with them so bad that I've screamed myself hoarse into the pillow, they can take quite a while to be over.

    Knowing how awful they can be, I think he showed remarkable composure.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 5, 2011 11:03:04 PM

  16. I've had them leg cramps are the worst. They hurt like hell. And to make matters worse, you have no control of it.

    Posted by: Tony | Sep 5, 2011 11:27:06 PM

  17. I'm a trained massage therapist and I can help with cramps like that. I'm surprised he doesn't travel with his personal sports massage therapist. If I were there as his therapist, I would have rushed to help him. Cramps are devastatingly painful and can be relieved if the therapist knows what he's doing-- I can also use therapy to keep cramps from recurring.

    Posted by: George | Sep 6, 2011 1:29:31 AM

  18. poor baby.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 6, 2011 7:24:33 AM

  19. Had them for years until someone told me to push heal down or forward. Greatly relieves pain and they do go away. might need to balance potassium(K).

    Posted by: Bruce Callahan | Sep 6, 2011 7:25:24 AM

  20. Eat a banana, girl.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Sep 6, 2011 2:13:14 PM

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